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Gloucester Rugby Player Profile: Tim Taylor

PUBLISHED: 01:16 18 October 2011 | UPDATED: 20:08 20 February 2013

Gloucester Rugby Player Profile: Tim Taylor

Gloucester Rugby Player Profile: Tim Taylor

It's fair to say that Tim Taylor is content to let his play on the pitch do his talking for him. And 2011-12 has seen the former Nottingham man afforded a greater opportunity to pull the strings at first team level.

Gloucester Rugby Player Profile: Tim Taylor

Its fair to say that Tim Taylor is content to let his play on the pitch do his talking for him. And 2011-12 has seen the former Nottingham man afforded a greater opportunity to pull the strings at first team level.

Im really enjoying it. We had a long, hard preseason where all the boys worked really hard and its just good to get out there and play a bit of rugby.

Theres competition for places all over the team and the boys are all pushing each other. Weve got Freddie, Millsy (Ryan Mills) and myself are going for the ten spot and its tough. But its good competition, it keeps you on your toes and working hard.

The first match of the season home to Worcester Warriors, was an example of two individuals spurring each other on. Taylor started and helped guide Gloucester into a comfortable lead before Burns took over and played his part in applying the coup de grace.

It was key for us to get points on the board and important to take them when they were on offer. So, we mixed it up quite well, having a few shots at goal to get us off and running and then kicking into the corner when we had a bit of a lead.

2011-12 is Taylors third at Kingsholm although he arrived halfway through his first campaign, signed initially on loan from Nottingham.

Moving from the Championship to the Premiership halfway through a season but Tim had no time to think about it as he was parachuted straight into the Gloucester squad.

It was quite tough really, all a bit off the cuff. Normally when you move clubs you have the preseason to find your feet but I was kind of like the new kid at school!

But the guys were great and helped me to settle in quickly. And, of course, my former Nottingham team mate Tim Molenaar was already here and hed been through the same thing just a few months earlier so that helped.

Tim made a brief appearance as a replacement against Worcester to get his Gloucester career underway but, just a week later, played a pivotal role in a memorable win as he kept his nerve to slot a match winning conversion in an LV= Cup group game at Harlequins.

It was a topsy turvy game. Gloucester needed a bonus point win to qualify for the semi finals but trailed 20-0 after 25 minutes. However, a second half fight back pegged Quins back and Taylors conversion of Tom Voyces last gasp try sent the travelling Gloucester supporters into a frenzy of delight.

We were down and out really but we just kept working hard and started to chuck the ball around a bit and suddenly we were in contention! I just had to focus on my technique with the last kick, keep my head down, follow through properly. It went over and I was mobbed!

Gloucester made the final of the LV= Cup that season, of course, but were just edged out by Northampton in a thriller of a final but went one better in 2011 when Tim found himself in the unusual situation of covering scrum half and fly half!

Finally, at the time of this interview, the Rugby World Cup was well underway. Tim spent some of his earlier career playing in New Zealand so is well positioned to comment on what the tournament must mean to the locals.

Its huge. Rugby is 24:7 over there. I played four seasons over there and really enjoyed it. Everyone plays rugby over there, its part of the culture.


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