Tom Taylor of the Canterbury Crusaders is set to make his debut for the All Blacks in their second Bledisloe Cup tie against Australia this weekend.
Taylor is given the nod ahead of Colin Slade who seeks to add to his 10 caps, the last of which he won over 2 years ago.
His promotion comes following injuries to Aaron Cruden (knee) and Beauden Barrett (calf) allied to Dan Carer’s decision to take a six month sabbatical from the game in an effort by the 31 year old to prolong his career.
Taylor has no doubt been given the nod partially down to the fact that he has been a reliable goal kicker for the Crusaders this year when Dan Carter has been absent. Concerns about whether he is an out and out number 10 have been dismissed by the young Crusader
”I’ve played 10 most of my life really. Only the last couple of years I’ve played a bit of midfield, but that’s just been more about being able to get out on the park really,” he said.
This weekends game is of vital importance in the rugby chamionship as New Zealand seek to continue on their strong start last week and Euan McKenzie’s Wallabies look for their first win under the former Queensland Red’s head coach