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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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John Taylor
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
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
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
Aug 30, 2013:  "He grasped the difference between television and radio commentary better than anybody before or since." John Taylor pays a personal tribute to the late Cliff Morgan
International Rugby
Aug 21, 2013:  "At last the IRB has climbed down, recognised the blindingly obvious and has instantly got rid of the scrum problems that were blighting the game." John Taylor writes
John Taylor Column
Jul 7, 2013:  "Of course everything went right for them early on but the belief they showed in the second half was a revelation" John Taylor delivers his verdict on the Lions' triumph
John Taylor Column
Jul 1, 2013:  "Somehow the Lions looked to have lost all their threat so where do they go from here?" John Taylor picks through the pieces of the Lions' second Test loss
John Taylor Column
Jun 24, 2013:  "Gatland was furious with the way the Lions played in the final quarter and has made that very clear to those he deems responsible." John Taylor reports from Down Under
John Taylor Column
Jun 17, 2013:  "I am not alone in believing this series could well be decided by who can steal most ball after the tackle." John Taylor previews the Lions' first Test showdown with Australia
British & Irish Lions Comment
Jun 10, 2013:  "Farrell's place kicking may have been faultless but he kicks too much out of hand and gives the opposition the chance to counter-attack." John Taylor writes
British & Irish Lions
Jun 3, 2013:  John Taylor reflects on the sense of relief that none of the Lions suffered injuries during the jamboree in Hong Kong
Aviva Premiership
May 29, 2013:  "Those who have suggested we bit off more than we could chew are wrong." With London Welsh's relegation set to be confirmed, John Taylor reflects on rollercoast of a campaign
Six Nations
Mar 20, 2013:  "I can already hear the 'One-eyed Welshman' taunts but, sorry, I would like to applaud Steve Walsh for the best refereeing display of the Six Nations," says John Taylor
2013 British & Irish Lions
Feb 15, 2013:  "Perhaps it is difficult for a coach who has never experienced it as a player to understand the Lions" John Taylor delivers his verdict on Warren Gatland's gaffe
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