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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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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.
Apr 30, 2008:  John Taylor catches up with IRB chairman Bernard Lapasset in Paris for his first major interview in English since taking up his new position in which he outlines his aims and ambitions as the head of world rugby.
Apr 18, 2008:  "We can take it as read that he has guarantees of a free hand, an unlimited budget and almost absolute power
Apr 15, 2008:  "The northern hemisphere is waking up to the implications of the new ELVs and, and if you believe the reports, the IRB is masterminding a campaign to force their introduction in Europe." John Taylor writes
Mar 28, 2008:  "He is, essentially, the chief executive of the playing side of the RFU, a manager of managers but is he really necessary
Mar 19, 2008:  "This is a work in progress
Mar 7, 2008:  A quiet word in the young man's ear would easily have sufficed...The biggest error of judgement has come from the coach, not the player." John Taylor writes
Mar 5, 2008:  "I just do not understand where Ashton is coming from
Feb 27, 2008:  "It is dangerous to dream too early and this is almost certainly at least a year too early but time is on their side and this time those dreams are definitely not based on self-delusion." John Taylor buys into Wales' Grand Slam dreams
Feb 20, 2008:  "As Super Saturday and the mid-point of the Six Nations looms there are signs that even the most conservative thinkers realise it is time for a touch of adventure." John Taylor looks ahead to the latest Six Nations action
Feb 7, 2008:  "The lack of leadership is crucifying England and it has done ever since 2003." John Taylor delivers his verdict on England's opening performance.
Jan 31, 2008:  "My head tells me this should be England's year but Ashton might just be the most nervous of all the coaches this weekend." John Taylor previews the Six Nations
Jan 18, 2008:  "I would guess our tackle count was twice as high as theirs and everybody was so committed even Barry John got carried away and tried to join in - breaking his nose for his trouble." John Taylor talks to Shaun Edwards
Jan 2, 2008:  "Like it or not international rugby now revolves around World Cups and this year's RBS Six Nations Championship marks the start of a new four year cycle." JT reports
Dec 21, 2007:  "Watching Danny Cipriani was something else...I was immediately reminded of the young Barry John and I don't think I have said that about anyone since he retired." Read John Taylor's verdict on Brian Ashton's new deal.
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