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 60 Test caps, and is consistently a standout performer for the Crusaders.
Codie was part of the Junior All Blacks team that won the 2011 IRB Junior World Championship. 2012 was his 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.
He also captained the team during his 100th game for the club, against the Brumbies in May 2021.