Codie Taylor has been confirm to miss Super Rugby due to…

After deciding to take a “non-playing sabbatical,” All Blacks hooker Codie Taylor will miss a significant portion of the Super Rugby Pacific season in 2019, the Crusaders announced on Thursday.
Taylor was a member of Rob Penney’s inaugural Super Rugby team, which featured players such as Welsh international Leigh Halfpenny and former All Black Ryan Crotty, when the Crusaders were the champions.

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However, Taylor has exercised a contract provision to take some time off following the All Blacks’ grueling Rugby World Cup campaign, which saw New Zealand lose to rivals South Africa in an exciting final.

 

Unlike the likes of New Zealand captain Sam Cane and World Player of the Year Ardie Savea, Taylor won’t ply his trade overseas. Taylor will take some time off, which is well-deserved.

 

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Crusaders coach Penny said that Taylor has “earned the right” to make the most of some “special” treatment as a new Rugby World Cup cycle gets underway.

“He has probably had the new All Blacks coach (Scott Robertson) in his ear, having a discussion,” Penney told reporters on Thursday.

 

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“And that’s all good. Whatever Codie needs, and those (veteran) boys that have earned the right to be treated a bit more special.

“We will accommodate anything there.”

Taylor, who won the sport’s ultimate prize with the All Blacks at the 2015 Rugby World Cup, was Ian Foster’s first-choice in the No. 2 jersey during the business end of this year’s tournament.

But before all of that, Taylor played a starring role in the Crusaders’ road to a staggering seventh Super Rugby title in as many years, having scored twice in the final at FMG Stadium.

New Zealand media outlets are reporting that Taylor is expected to return a few weeks before the playoffs, but coach Penney didn’t rule out an early return for the All Blacks enforcer.

“He could get itchy feet,” Penney added. “We will let him do what he needs to do and clear his mind of footy.

“When he’s back and ready to go, we will welcome him back with open arms.”

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