Taylor joined the Crusaders squad in 2012 after being involved in the wider training squad in 2011. He had an outstanding debut season, taking goal kicking duties while Dan Carter recovered and establishing himself as one of the most accurate boots in the competition.
He has also been part of the Canterbury provincial team in its last two championship winning seasons, and was also involved in the 2009 New Zealand Under 20 championship side.
Tom is the son of All Black Warwick Taylor who played for the national side from 1983-1988. Warwick also played for Canterbury from 1982-1990. Uncle, Murray Taylor, was also an All Black.
“A true professional. He has outstanding character and the development of his game over the last few years is testament to how hard he works. He brings great versatility with the ability to play at first five, second five or fullback. He now has first-class experience with the All Blacks that he will bring back to the Crusaders and really start dominating at this level.”
2011 vs North Otago
307 (7t, 64c, 48p)
2012 v Chiefs
255(2t, 25c, 65p)
2013 v Australia in Auckland
14 (1c, 4p)