Taylor grew up in Australia, where he was started playing league as a youngster before being encouraged into rugby by his father.
Originally from Levin, Taylor made his ITM Cup debut with Canterbury in 2012 and his Investec Super Rugby debut in 2013 but injuries limited his opportunities.
However, the powerful scrummager, who is equally adept in rucks and in the loose, cemented a place over the following seasons. He was part of the New Zealand Under 20 team which won the 2011 IRB Junior World Championship
The young hooker made his debut Super Rugby season in 2013. He gained valuable experience with the Crusaders as a member of the Wider Training Squad in 2012.
As an impressive young player with surprising speed for a hooker, Taylor earned the attention of the Maori All Blacks selectors with solid performances for Canterbury, including three tries in the 2014 ITM Cup regular season and an 89 per cent tackle success rate.
Taylor's long apprenticeship at the Crusaders earned dividends with All Blacks selection in 2015 and four Test appearances and two tries, including one against Namibia at RWC 2015.
The All Black hooker has scored 6 tries in his 35 Super Rugby caps and will look to add to his tally in the 2017 Super Rugby season.
In June 2017, Taylor was named in the All Blacks' squad for the NZ Lions series, with doubts remaining over the fitness of Dane Coles.
The hooker then became the first All Black to sign a long-term contract with New Zealand Rugby, extending his contract through to 2021 in August 2017.
Taylor helped the Crusaders win back-to-back Super Rugby titles in 2017 and 2018 taking his cap tally to 57 in process.
He has also successively filled the void of Dane Coles who has struggled with injuries and enters the 2018 Rugby Championship with 32 test caps.
Taylor heads into the 2018 Rugby Championship with 32 test Caps.
Ahead of the 2018 November International, Taylor has obtained 38 test caps.
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