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Thursday, December 12, 2019

RugbyPickEmBio - 013 - Taylor Howden

We caught up with Taylor Howden at Rugbytown 7s earlier this summer, but since then, Taylz has recently inked a deal with the Houston SaberCats for the 2020 season. Talyor has had a massive playing career, from Auckland to Denver, Ohio, New Orleans and everywhere in between, he’s truly put a massive effort in growing the game here in the US. He is one among few that has the ability to coach and play simultaneously, and continues to do so on the grassroots level no matter what city he’s currently residing in. … Uncle Johnny and Logan brought the spice as usual, but Taylor was great and we wish him the best in 2020 with Houston … ENJOY!

Spin Pass or Flatty?

Not a bad ball rotation .... (Ke'Von Williams watches in awe)

Taylor played his high school rugby in Auckland, "doing the dirty" and transferring from Mount Albert Grammar School (MAGS) to Auckland Grammar. Auckland Grammar has a long history of All Blacks...

Auckland Grammar All Black List:
Ben Atiga
Ces Badeley
Vic Badeley
John Drake
Grant Fox
Graham Henry (AB coach)
Doug Howlett
Akira Ioane
Rieko Ionae
Benson Stanley
Jeremy Stanlet
Kel Tremain
Wilson Whineray (former AB captain and prominent businessman)

 What a collection of Denver Barbarians (former , current and FUTURE, lookin' at you Willy-Wolf) at the inaugural (and final) PRO Rugby Season. Ohio Aviators won at the death 35-27, but the Denver Stampede won the PRO rugby title on points. Pictured left to right: Mikey Garrity, Soane Leger, Logan Collins, Taylor Howden, William Wolfgang Howden, Maximo DeAchaval, Kyle Hitt, Bobby Impson, Pete Borlase.

Taylor would eventually move from Auckland, to Texas, to Denver CO (where he would spend many years with the Denver Barbarians) to Columbus OH. He led the Ohio Aviators in a memorable PRO Rugby season (which ended ... well, how it ended). He was heavily involved with Tiger Rugby and ran their youth academy while living in Columbus, and continues to pay it forward each day and grow the game.

 Taylz loves a good FEND! Pictured: Mikey Garrity, and Tyson Meek in support.

Top 3 Kiwi’s you’ve played with (XV’s)

Jaime MaCintosh - Ohio Aviators
Dan Pryor - Auckland Blues
Za Lawrence - AB 7s

Grayson Hart - Bedford Blues (just missed)

 Denver sunsets 😍 (also ... Taylor wearing his classic #17 jersey)

Top 3 Americans you’ve played with (XV’s)

Ata and Nese Malifa
Perry Baker
Peter Tiberio

Taylor playing against his future team, New Orleans RFC. Tyson Meek in support, and another Denver Barbarian player off in the clouds.... 💭

Intro - Calvin Harris - Funk Wade Bounce - Slide
Outtro - Rollin - Calvin Harris

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