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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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Apr 6, 2011:  "With the proceeds going to charity, Crusaders v Sharks at Twickenham sounded like a no-brainer but should the RFU have embraced it so readily?" John Taylor writes
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Mar 24, 2011:  "I believe this will prove a fatal weakness in England's World Cup campaign." John Taylor delivers his verdict on the battle for the Six Nations crown
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Mar 9, 2011:  "The Scottish pack will give them a good workout but I will be very surprised if the match does not end in a resounding victory for the home side." John Taylor writes
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Feb 23, 2011:  "Since Chabal has returned to France he has divided the nation. He became an iconic figure while playing in England but is regarded as a show pony." John Taylor writes
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Feb 9, 2011:  "I was worrying about the Six Nations having lost its allure - I should have known better. After round one the scene is set for an epic contest." John Taylor writes
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Jan 26, 2011:  "There should be more than a frisson of excitement among rugby fans with the Six Nations on our doorstep but, sadly, it seems to be missing this year." John Taylor writes
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Jan 12, 2011:  "Is Clive Woodward the right man for the RFU job? Unquestionably. I did not rate him as a coach but he is the best organiser I have ever seen." John Taylor writes
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Dec 29, 2010:  "The omens are not good because they appear to be going backwards at precisely the wrong time yet again." John Taylor looks back on the fortunes of Europe's leading sides in 2010
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Dec 8, 2010:  "I would hate to see scrummaging sidelined at next year's World Cup and there is a real danger of that happening." John Taylor writes
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Nov 24, 2010:  "English rugby has been transformed and even southern hemisphere coaches are talking about them as real contenders for next year's World Cup." John Taylor writes
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Nov 10, 2010:  "There were worrying signs for Ireland and Wales in the manner of their defeats whilst England should be kicking themselves." John Taylor writes
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Oct 27, 2010:  "Ben Foden, Chris Ashton, Ben Youngs, Courtney Lawes and Dan Cole - these are the names that need to be on everyone's lips by the end of November." John Taylor writes
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Sep 29, 2010:  "Players have to make a choice - do they want to concentrate on Sevens or 15s because the techniques and training required are becoming very different?" John Taylor writes
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Sep 15, 2010:  "It has been a really vibrant tournament and the most exciting thing of all is perhaps the number of new stars it launched." John Taylor writes
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Sep 8, 2010:  "Exactly one year from Thursday is the first match of the 2011 Rugby World Cup - so this is an appropriate moment to take stock of the state of the game." John Taylor writes
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Aug 18, 2010:  "The players might have been able to indulge in some sun worship but there is no such luxury for anyone trying to manage a Championship club." John Taylor writes
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Aug 4, 2010:  "The referee, Craig Joubert, had a complete shocker and if anybody was going to carry the can it should have been him, not Cobus Wessels." John Taylor writes
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Jul 14, 2010:  "After several years of frustration with the way the game has been developing I really found New Zealand's performance against South Africa uplifting." John Taylor writes
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Jun 30, 2010:  "The biggest boost to the club game now would come from England being in contention at next year's Rugby World Cup." JohnTaylor writes
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Jun 16, 2010:  "I can honestly say I have never seen a more one-dimensional side than England at the moment. It looked as if they were under orders." John Taylor writes
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