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John Taylor will always be remembered most for that last minute, left-footed conversion from the right touch-line at Murrayfield (‘the greatest conversion since St Paul’) which gave Wales a 19-18 victory over Scotland on the way to winning the Grand Slam in 1971 but believes he should be remembered just as much for doing all Barry John’s, Phil Bennett’s and Gareth Edwards’ tackling as well as his own!

He played all his club rugby for London Welsh, captaining them for three seasons during their most successful period, and is now a director of the club.

On retiring from playing he immediately embarked on a journalistic career. After three years writing for the Sunday Telegraph he joined The Mail on Sunday when it was launched and was their Rugby Correspondent for 16 years.

His television career began with the BBC when he was still playing - as one of Bill McLaren’s first ‘inter-round summarisers’ in 1975 - but he joined ITV in 1979 and has been with them ever since. He cut his teeth commentating on Gymnastics and Volleyball, covering four Olympic Games and numerous World Championships, but since 1991 has been able to concentrate on his first love as ITV’s Chief Rugby Commentator. He has been the lead commentator for British viewers at the last four World Cups – the crowning glory so far obviously England’s victory in the final in Sydney in 2003 – and he will once again be heading up the commentary team for the 2007 Rugby World Cup in France.

John wrote and presented ‘Survival of the Fittest’ and ‘Trailblazers’ for nearly a decade and has made a number of coaching films and documentaries including ‘Living with Lions’ – the award winning, behind the scenes story of the 1997 Lions’ triumph in South Africa.

He was recently voted Wales’s greatest ever number 7.
John Taylor played 26 times for Wales during their ‘golden era’ between 1967 and 1974 missing just seven matches over that period - four of them because he refused to play against South Africa. He also went on two Lions tours in 1968 and 1971 playing in all four Tests in ’71 when the Lions beat New Zealand in a series for the only time in the 20th century.
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