- BirthplaceNew Zealand
Rob Taylor joins the Leicester Tigers coaching team as an Assistant Coach, responsible for the attack, after a successful career in the Southern Hemisphere in New Zealand and Australian club rugby.
Taylor was born in New Zealand and grew up in Wellington, before moving to England to work with Ernst & Young.
While living in the United Kingdom, in 2005, Taylor helped establish the John Macphail Scholarship with the Scottish Rugby Union which has provided opportunities for young rugby players and coaches from Scotland to play and coach abroad.
Recipients of the Scholarship have included Scottish captain John Barclay, Finn Russell and Chris Paterson.
Taylor returned to New Zealand to run Rhino Rugby and as Director of Rugby with Auckland University, the club of All Blacks caps Steven Luatua, Jeroime Kaino and John Afoa as well as World Cup-winning coach Sir Graham Henry, with whom he established a key coaching relationship.
He also took charge of age-grade sides in Auckland and the provincial ‘B’ Team for the Mitre 10 Cup campaign.
After winning the Gallaher Shield in 2014 and making the Final in 2015 with Auckland, Taylor was recruited by Sydney University and recorded two unbeaten seasons with the Australian club’s colts team before winning back-to-back Shute Shield Premierships and Minor Premierships, working alongside Wallabies internationals Nick Phipps, Tolu Latu, Dave Dennis and Dean Mumm, as well as new Tigers recruit Harry Potter.
As part of his continued professional development, Taylor has also recently spent time at the Wayne Smith-coached Kobelco Steelers.
More recently, Taylor was also the head coach for the NSW Country Eagles in Australia’s National Rugby Championship and, in early 2020, won the Australian National Club Championship with Sydney University.