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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 retired from playing in 1978 and began a successful career in broadcasting and journalism. He has covered the last eight Lions tours and has been a regular contributor to ESPNscrum since 1999.
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Lions tour 1974
Jul 11, 2014:  When the Lions toured South Africa in 1974, some thought rugby could break down barriers. But John Taylor refused to make the trip altogether
Wales
Jun 18, 2014:  John Taylor looks at a shambolic attempt to overthrow the Welsh board but which leaves underlying unrest as strong as it has ever been
England in New Zealand 2014
Jun 13, 2014:  Dunedin is an almost impossible place to play rugby, but the 1971 Lions somehow managed victory against the All Blacks there, recalls John Taylor
TMOs under the spotlight
Jun 5, 2014:  The TMOs have taken over too much of rugby's decision making says John Taylor. It's time for the balance to swing back
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May 28, 2014:  John Taylor on when trial matches meant something ... and how a white bandage helped him make his Wales debut
European rugby
Apr 14, 2014:  The new European competition is now a reality and rugby will be better as a result. John Taylor looks at the deal as the dust settles
Wales
Mar 31, 2014:  What makes David Moffett tick and what is his real agenda? John Taylor ponders a second coming
Six Nations
Mar 6, 2014:  "I had a perfect record against England as did a few other Welshmen. England always seemed to bring the best out of us." John Taylor on the age-old rivalry
Ireland v Wales 1972
Feb 25, 2014:  John Taylor on when death threats from the IRA denied Wales a chance of back-to-back Grand Slams
Wales
Feb 11, 2014:  "In Wales the fly-half conveyor belt has ground to a halt and Warren Gatland appears to have no appetite to get it running again." John Taylor writes
Six Nations
Jan 30, 2014:  "I remember being allowed to reclaim the expense of hiring a dinner jacket for the after-match banquet." John Taylor remembers his Wales debut
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Jan 24, 2014:  In the wake of Leigh Halfpenny's move to Toulon, John Taylor believes Wales are going to have to adapt to having many of their best players on foreign soil
The future of European rugby
Jan 14, 2014:  The IRB's stance on the European crisis highlights the fact they are keen for more of the same rather than a meaningful resolution, John Taylor writes
Wales
Jan 3, 2014:  "The next few weeks will see a battle for hearts and minds in the Welsh rugby community." John Taylor on the civil war in Welsh rugby
The future of European rugby
Dec 10, 2013:  "Gentlemen, if you want to see the World Cup going south yet again, you are going the right way about it," John Taylor looks at the state of European rugby
Scrummaging
Nov 26, 2013:  John Taylor says the new scrummaging protocols are in danger of being undermined by differences in interpretation by referees
2003 World Cup Final
Nov 22, 2013:  When the winning drop-goal was struck in 2003, John Taylor was sitting on the gantry commentating. Here are his memories
1968 British Lions
Nov 13, 2013:  "You soon got the feel from the old lags that we should not expect to win and the main point was to have a good time." John Taylor reports back from the 1968 Lions reunion
Welsh Rugby
Oct 10, 2013:  The Welsh Rugby Union's recent attitude shows they are treading a delicate path to keep all Heineken Cup options open, writes John Taylor
Heineken Cup Comment
Sep 30, 2013:  "The biggest scandal is the failure on the part of ERC to engage in constructive dialogue over the past 12 months." John Taylor wades in on the Heineken Cup row
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