One of the major success stories of 2015, Codie Taylor went from the least experienced hooker in the Crusaders squad to his All Blacks debut and then a spot in the 2015 Rugby World Cup squad.
He has now become a regular part of the All Blacks pack, with more than 50 Test caps, and is consistently a standout performer for the Crusaders.
He was part of the Junior All Blacks team that won the 2011 IRB Junior World Championship. 2012 was Taylor’s first season for the Canterbury provincial team and he debuted for the Crusaders the following year.
An important leader in the Crusaders side, Codie was named vice-captain of the team alongside David Havili in 2020, but ended up captaining the side throughout Super Rugby Aotearoa when Scott Barrett was injured prior to the start of the competition. With 90 Crusaders caps to his name leading in to the 2021 season, Codie is fast closing in on his 100-game milestone.