- BirthplaceNew Zealand
Rob Taylor joined Leicester Tigers as an assistant coach, responsible for the attack, after a successful club career in New Zealand and Australian rugby.
He was born in New Zealand and grew up in Wellington, before moving to England to work with Ernst & Young.
While in the UK, Rob helped to establish the John Macphail Scholarship with the Scottish Rugby Union in 2005 which has provided opportunities for young players and coaches to gain experience abroad, with recipients including future internationals John Barclay, Finn Russell and Chris Paterson.
Rob returned to New Zealand to run Rhino Rugby and as director of rugby with Auckland University, the club of 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, Rob was recruited by Sydney University RFC and had two unbeaten seasons with the colts 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 part of his continued professional development, he spent time Kobelco Steelers who are coached by Wayne Smith.
He was also the head coach for the NSW Country Eagles in Australia’s National Rugby Championship and, in early 2020, won the National Club Championship with Sydney University.