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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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Jan 14, 2009:  What can Martin Johnson do to transform a talented group of players into a winning team? John Taylor writes
Jan 1, 2009:  "We must take radical action to eliminate the current scourge of rugby, that terrible debilitating habit - Aerial Ping-Pong." John Taylor takes a stand
Dec 17, 2008:  "This year will certainly go down as a year to remember in Wales and Munster, perhaps even in New Zealand, but in the rest of the rugby world it is probably a year best forgotten." John Taylor writes
Dec 3, 2008:  "Could the much vilified Experimental Law Variations be the reason for the southern hemisphere domination of the autumn internationals?" John Taylor writes
Nov 19, 2008:  "Borthwick was just one of the pack. I'd return him to the ranks right now - he is obviously not enjoying the captaincy." John Taylor writes
Nov 7, 2008:  "We had all made the mistake of writing 'journalist' on our immigration forms and we quickly discovered that was a grave mistake." John Taylor recalls an early encounter with Sitiveni Rabuca
Nov 5, 2008:  "Look down this England team, Johnson's first selection, and you are struggling to find leaders anywhere. Even the captain, Steve Borthwick, has yet to prove himself." John Taylor writes
Oct 22, 2008:  "Hysterical predictions of total meltdown with the beautiful game being ruined beyond recognition were a massive over-reaction." John Taylor writes
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Oct 9, 2008:  "You can't define everything in sport...and 'exceptional circumstances' are not exceptional." John Taylor writes
British & Irish Lions
Sep 25, 2008:  "I have a passion for the Lions and everything they represent - they are the last great international touring team and I want that tradition to continue. I am looking forward not back." John Taylor talks to Gerald Davies
Scrum special
Sep 5, 2008:  John Taylor delivers the second part of the inaugural Scrum.com State of the Union Address - our assessment of the global game today.
Scrum special
Aug 31, 2008:  John Taylor delivers the first part of the inaugural Scrum.com State of the Union Address - our frank and in-depth assessment of the global game today.
Aug 8, 2008:  "He is a born communicator, a bubbling enthusiast about his work with a ready smile that hides a ruthless streak which has been essential as he has put the new regime in place." John Taylor speaks to WRU boss Roger Lewis.
Jul 29, 2008:  "I think we would all agree it is better for games to be decided by tries than penalties but by chickening out of taking stronger action Joubert did nobody any favours." John Taylor delivers his latest verdict
Jul 16, 2008:  "Never do anything that compromises your main job...Never put yourself in a compromising position - because the spin-off affects everybody else...and, most important of all, never get caught." John Taylor delivers his latest verdict
Jul 3, 2008:  "There was a time when you would not have called Johnson assured but he appears to have added that quality to his armoury as well and it was very much in evidence as he held his first press conference." John Taylor writes
Jun 17, 2008:  "His brilliance kept Wales in the game just as it did at crucial times in the Grand Slam campaign
Jun 4, 2008:  "For those who love the unexpected this was a bumper season proving all over again that rugby is the greatest game in the world when it comes to overturning the form book." John Taylor draws a line under the European season
May 28, 2008:  "The hair was grey or sparse but the faces were still recognisable
May 12, 2008:  His Lions record speaks for itself and that is why John Taylor believes there is only one man to lead the class of 2009 to South Africa.
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