Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

THE RISE OF DAVE TAYLOR; Guy Williams Caught Up with the Blackwater Product on His Brief Return Home Last Week and Spoke to the Bully about His Break-Out Season in the NRL

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

THE RISE OF DAVE TAYLOR; Guy Williams Caught Up with the Blackwater Product on His Brief Return Home Last Week and Spoke to the Bully about His Break-Out Season in the NRL

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Byline: Guy Williams Guy.Williams@capnews.com.au

RUGBY LEAGUE: For Dave Taylor 2010 was always going to be a big year Co not that he expected it to be this big.

Taylor debuted in 2006 as a 17-year-old for the Brisbane Broncos against his current club South Sydney Rabbitohs, but it wasn't until the back end of 2009 that he found his place on the field and realised his full potential.

The potential was always there Co the 123kg frame, the freakish kicking and passing skills and the knowledge of the game.

He had all the attributes of a frontrower but the position just wasn't for him.

Brisbane coach Ivan Henjak's decision to move Taylor out wide paid dividends for the Broncos at the back end of 2009 and Rabbitoh's coach John Lang has followed suit this season playing the big fella on the edges of the ruck.

Rather than bashing it up through the middle, Taylor caused havoc for smaller defenders with his power and ball-playing ability and has been rewarded with a spot in Queensland's victorious State of Origin side this season.

The Rabbitohs

MOVING to a new club is always a daunting task Co meeting the players and coaching staff, experiencing new training styles and techniques Co however the close-knit playing group and the coaching staff at the Rabbitohs have helped ease the move for Taylor.

"Everyone is just really close. It makes your life that much easier," Taylor said.

"John Lang is a wonderful coach; he gives you little tips when you need them.

"He knows the right time to give a speech and when to let the team talk.

"He's given me the confidence this year to play how I want to play."

The move to Sydney

SINCE high school Taylor had spent all of his time in Queensland's capital, Brisbane with the Broncos, but is enjoying the change of lifestyle having moved south to Sydney.

"I love Sydney. We're just down at Cronulla and it's a great place to be," he said.

"My partner Ashlee and baby (daughter Macie) are loving it.

"It helps. …

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