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Elijah Taylor

Captain - Lock

Wests Tigers

Player Bio

Height:
190 cm
Weight:
101 kg
Age:
28
Date of Birth:
27 February 1990
Birthplace:
Hawera, NZ
Nickname:
ET
Debut Club:
New Zealand Warriors
Opposition:
Penrith Panthers
Date:
03 April 2011
Round:
4
Previous Clubs:
New Zealand Warriors, Penrith Panthers
Junior Club:
Patea Rugby Club (Rugby Union) / Otahuhu Leopards
Biography:

A rugby union junior, Elijah Taylor made the switch over to rugby league as a teenager when he joined the New Zealand Warriors Toyota Cup side in 2008 — featuring heavily throughout the first two seasons of the competition.

As captain of the side in 2009, Taylor continued to impress and was named to make his first-grade debut but was cruelly robbed of the chance when he picked up a hamstring injury at training the day before. He would captain the side's U/20's side to victory in the 2010 Grand Final over South Sydney, scoring two tries in the win.

Taylor would eventually make his first-grade debut under Ivan Cleary in Round 4 of the 2011 season. He would remain a regular in the Warriors side that year, including the Grand Final against the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles where he started the match in the second row and scored a try in the Warriors' 24-10 defeat.

The versatile forward would cap off a superb individual season when he was selected to make his international debut for New Zealand against Wales in the Four Nations.

Taylor remained a focal part of both the Warriors and New Zealand sides throughout the next few seasons, before linking up with Ivan Cleary at Penrith in 2014.

His first season at the foot of the mountain was hampered by injury (including an ACL tear that saw him miss the ANZAC Test and Four Nations), and despite reaching 100 NRL games in 2015, was again finding himself on the wrong end of injuries.

Out of the first-grade team under Anthony Griffin, Taylor made the switch to Wests Tigers midway through the 2016 season and soon recaptured the form that he had shown for many years — taking on the role of co-captain in a 2017 season that saw him finish as the team's leading tackler and named as the club's Player of the Year.

Taylor would make his long awaited return to the black jumper of the Kiwis in the 2017 Rugby League World Cup, playing in his side's thumping win over Scotland.

A co-captain in 2018, Taylor would again impress and reached his 150th NRL game during the season, finishing the year with a team high 782 tackles from his 18 games.

Taylor is signed through at Wests Tigers until the end of the 2020 season.

Career

Appearances
160
Tries
24

2018 Season

Appearances
18

Scoring

Tries
1

Attack

Tackle Breaks
11
Average Hit Ups
4.4
Post Contact Metres
274.9

Passing

Offloads
5

Defence

Tackles Made
782
Tackle Efficiency

Running Metres

Average Running Metres
43.1
Total Running Metres
776

Fantasy

Total Points
730
Average Points
40.6

2018 Season - By Round

2018 Season - By Round
Round Opponent Score Position Minutes Played Tries Goals Points Try Assists Linebreaks Tackle Breaks Post Contact Metres Offloads Receipts Tackles Made Missed Tackles Total Running Metres Hit Up Running Metres Kick Return Metres
1 Roosters Won 10 - 8 Lock 66 - - - - - - 28 - 22 53 4 95 89 -
2 Storm Won 8 - 10 Lock 68 - - - - - - 16 1 15 48 2 73 58 -
7 Knights Lost 20 - 22 Lock 47 - - - - - - 12 - 13 23 2 32 30 -
9 Warriors Lost 26 - 4 Hooker 70 - - - - - 1 12 - 47 57 6 20 5 -
10 Cowboys Won 20 - 12 Hooker 39 - - - - - - 4 - 44 25 4 8 8 -
11 Panthers Lost 16 - 2 Hooker 57 - - - - - 1 4 - 59 47 - 8 - -
12 Bulldogs Won 14 - 10 Lock 60 - - - - - - 12 - 24 36 3 31 16 -
13 Roosters Lost 16 - 14 Hooker 72 - - - - - 2 11 1 56 53 1 27 17 -
14 Sharks Lost 24 - 16 Hooker 55 1 - 4 - 1 2 20 - 76 38 7 59 14 -
15 Raiders Lost 12 - 48 Interchange 51 - - - - - - 8 1 45 31 4 14 3 -
16 Titans Lost 12 - 30 Lock 54 - - - - - - 8 - 11 50 3 25 21 -
18 Dragons Won 16 - 20 Lock 57 - - - - - 2 36 - 17 40 6 99 94 -
19 Rabbitohs Won 22 - 6 Lock 67 - - - - - - 16 - 14 44 5 42 32 -
20 Bulldogs Lost 16 - 4 Lock 51 - - - - - - 23 - 11 41 2 52 50 -
21 Knights Won 16 - 25 2nd Row 80 - - - - - - 12 1 8 45 5 36 36 -
22 Raiders Won 20 - 22 2nd Row 74 - - - - 1 2 16 - 8 46 3 61 61 -
23 Dragons Lost 10 - 20 Lock 59 - - - - - - 19 - 9 40 6 43 43 -
25 Rabbitohs Lost 51 - 10 Lock 76 - - - - - 1 18 1 9 65 2 44 44 -

Career By Season

Career By Season
Year Played Won Lost Drawn Win % Tries Goals Points Kicking Metres Kicking Metres Average Tackle Breaks Post Contact Metres Offloads Tackles Made Missed Tackles Total Running Metres Average Running Metres Kick Return Metres Total Points Average Points
Warriors 2011 21 13 8 - 62% 4 - 16 36 1.71 26 - 12 646 54 953 45.38 - - -
Warriors 2012 23 8 15 - 35% 2 - 8 - - 17 - 4 908 72 942 40.96 11 - -
Warriors 2013 23 11 12 - 48% 8 - 32 - - 23 546 12 778 39 1,556 67.69 31 - -
Panthers 2014 17 10 7 - 59% 2 - 8 13 0.79 12 456 5 640 35 1,136 66.88 2 680 40.0
Panthers 2015 20 7 13 - 35% 1 - 4 18 0.90 12 370 6 965 63 1,060 53.01 - 998 49.9
Wests Tigers 2016 17 9 8 - 53% 1 - 4 32 1.91 3 241 4 701 44 811 47.73 - 707 41.6
Wests Tigers 2017 21 6 15 - 29% 5 - 20 15 0.72 13 401 2 891 75 1,180 56.23 9 922 43.9
Wests Tigers 2018 18 8 10 - 44% 1 - 4 - - 11 275 5 782 65 776 43.13 - 730 40.6

Career Overall

Career Overall
Year Start Year End Played Won Lost Drawn Win % Tries Goals Points Kicking Metres Kicking Metres Average Tackle Breaks Post Contact Metres Offloads Tackles Made Missed Tackles Total Running Metres Average Running Metres Kick Return Metres Total Points Average Points
Panthers 2014 2016 39 18 21 - - 3 - 12 32 0.81 24 850 11 1,643 102 2,270 58.00 2 1,723 44.2
Wests Tigers 2016 2018 54 22 32 - - 7 - 28 48 0.88 27 894 11 2,336 180 2,695 49.00 9 2,323 43.0
Warriors 2011 2013 67 32 35 - - 14 - 56 36 0.54 66 546 28 2,332 165 3,451 51.00 42 7 0.3

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