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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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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
Comment
Nov 14, 2012:  "The fixture structure is a complete mess". ESPN columnist John Taylor looks at the scheduling and format of English rugby and casts an envious eye to New Zealand
John Taylor Column
Sep 6, 2012:  "We proved we will not be outclassed in the Premiership but the margin of defeat was unacceptable." London Welsh MD John Taylor reflects on his side's Premiership debut
Aviva Premiership
Jul 4, 2012:  "We can finally say we are an Aviva Premiership club but nobody is under any illusions - it is now that the really hard work begins." John Taylor writes
Wales v Australia, Melbourne, June 16
Jun 14, 2012:  "There was no point in questioning referees because you knew they were biased." John Taylor recalls his role in Wales' last victory over the Wallabies in Australia
HSBC Sevens World Series
May 11, 2012:  "Sevens must be taken seriously but it must also be fun and part of the mainstream because it remains a means to an end." John Taylor writes
Comment
Apr 18, 2012:  "Money is so tight clubs could not survive without the goodwill of benefactors - you cannot call them investors because there is little chance of a return." John Taylor writes
Comment
Apr 4, 2012:  "The official data from the Six Nations proves beyond any doubt that, as I was arguing a couple of months ago, we have a crisis relating to the scrum." John Taylor writes
Comment
Mar 21, 2012:  "These are heady days for Welsh rugby and one doesn't want to tempt fate but you feel the side is still developing and can reach higher levels," writes John Taylor
Mervyn Davies 1946-2012
Mar 19, 2012:  "Merv really was a giant in every way, a genuine six feet five with a natural athleticism." John Taylor pays tribute to the late, great Wales No.8 Mervyn Davies
Six Nations
Mar 8, 2012:  Stuart Lancaster needs to produce something sensational in the next two weeks if he is to land the England job, says John Taylor
Six Nations
Feb 22, 2012:  "This is the weekend where we shall discover whether there is any real substance to Stuart Lancaster's new England." John Taylor previews a potentially decisive match
Comment
Feb 2, 2012:  "Logic says we should be looking forward to a Wales v France showdown for the Grand Slam on March 17 in Cardiff but this is the Six Nations." John Taylor writes
Six Nations
Jan 25, 2012:  "Love him or loathe him you can always rely upon Sir Clive Woodward to tell it like it is and his first utterances on Lancaster are typically perceptive." John Taylor writes
Comment
Jan 12, 2012:  "Everything could fall apart for Wales because they are near the bottom of the league when it comes to wages." John Taylor believes these are worrying times for Wales
Comment
Dec 28, 2011:  "If there is a collective New Year's Resolution for rugby fans, followers and players it should be 'Save our Scrum.'" John Taylor calls for action from the International Rugby Board
Comment
Dec 14, 2011:  "In retrospect Beaumont's best course of action would have been to be seen as the man whom persuaded Lapasset to stand again." John Taylor reflects on IRB chairman vote
Comment
Dec 1, 2011:  "I think we can now, finally rule out any return of the fairy godmother, Sir Clive Woodward." John Taylor reports as the RFU plot their way out of the darkness
Comment
Nov 17, 2011:  "He was the knight on the white charger who led England to glory as a player but it was too much to ask him to repeat the feat so soon as a manager." John Taylor writes
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