Crusaders star off to France
Black, and Crusaders and Canterbury utility back, Tom Taylor will sever
his connection with New Zealand to take up a contract with Bayonne at
the end of the year.
According to the allblacks.com website
, Taylor said it had been a tough decision.
chances of returning to the All Blacks may have been advanced in the
anticipated changes that will be made after this year's Rugby World Cup.
His contract is for three years, however, he has not ruled out a return to New Zealand.
demonstrated his versatility on the international stage when making his
All Blacks debut in 2013 in a Bledisloe Cup/Rugby Championship Test
against Australia. With Dan Carter, Aaron Cruden and Beauden Barrett all
on the injured list, Taylor impressed when stepping into the flyhalf role.
He showed his ability on the break, and
defensively, while also landing a conversion and four penalty goals in
New Zealand's 27-16 win. He made two subsequent appearances for the All
In 41 games for the Crusaders he has scored 260 points while in 29 games for Canterbury he has posted 368 points.
the son of former All Blacks centre Warwick Taylor, said:
"I have absolutely loved my time here at Canterbury and the Crusaders,
especially being a Christchurch boy.
"I've grown up with these
teams and it's certainly been a tough decision to leave my home town,
but this is an exciting opportunity for the next part of my rugby
"I've been very lucky to have worked with some great
players, coaches and management and would like to thank them for helping
me become the player and person I am today," he said.
coach Todd Blackadder said he would be a loss for the Crusaders and
rated him 'an enormous talent and a great rugby brain'.
"His skills, versatility and attitude are greatly valued here and will be missed," he said.