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John Taylor
Wales
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Full name John Taylor
Born July 21, 1945, Watford
Current age 69 years 5 days
Major teams British and Irish Lions, Wales, Wales XV
Position Flanker

Test career
Span Mat Start Sub Pts Tries Conv Pens Drop GfM Won Lost Draw %
All Tests 1967-1973 30 30 0 25 4 3 2 0 0 17 11 2 60.00
Wales 1967-1973 26 26 0 25 4 3 2 0 0 15 10 1 59.61
British and Irish Lions 1971-1971 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 1 62.50
Five/Six Nations 1967-1973 22 22 0 22 3 3 2 0 0 14 7 1 65.90

Career statistics
Test debut Scotland v Wales at Murrayfield, Feb 4, 1967 match details
Last Test France v Wales at Parc des Princes, Mar 24, 1973 match details
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Profile

John Taylor won his first cap for Wales at the age of 21 and played 26 Tests during the golden era of Welsh rugby. He also toured with the Lions twice, in 1968 and again in 1971, when he played in all four Tests as they beat the All Blacks to record the Lions' only series victory in New Zealand.

He was born on 21 July, 1946 in Watford and played for London Welsh. Possibly his most important match for Wales was a Five Nations game against Scotland in 1971 in ehich he kicked a touchline conversion to secure a dramatic 19-18 win after regular goalkicker Barry John was injured.

He was also known for his stance on refusing to play against South Africa during their Apartheid era, refusing to play against the Springboks during their 1969-70 tour of Britain and Ireland as well as oting out of the 1974 Lions tour of South Africa

He retired from playing in 1978 and began a successful career in broadcasting and journalism and has been a regular contributor to Scrum.com since 1999.

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Feb 5, 1972
John Taylor is carried off after Wales' win
John Taylor is carried off after Wales' win
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Feb 5, 1972
Wales flanker John Taylor
Wales flanker John Taylor
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Jan 15, 1972
Wales contest a lineout against England
Wales contest a lineout against England
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Aug 20, 1971
Wayne Cottrell scores for New Zealand
Wayne Cottrell scores for New Zealand
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