Scottish cap Duncan Taylor will run-out for his 100th Saracens appearance on Sunday when they face Northampton Saints at Stadium:MK in round 20 of the Aviva Premiership.
After a childhood that saw him live in Edinburgh and Australia among other places he joined the Bedford Academy aged 17 and his talent began to shine through.
Duncan joined Saracens as a dual-registered player for the 2011/12 season and has since gone on to make 99 appearances for the north Londoners.
Since joining Saracens, the 27-year-old has become known at the club for his work rate and versatility and Director of Rugby Mark McCall is one of the first to sing the Scot’s praises: “Duncan is probably one of the game’s most underrated players. He can cover so many positions and I don’t think he gets the credit for the wonderful work he can do off the ball. His work-rate and contribution to this team is enormous.”
It’s something echoed by Forwards and Defence coach Alex Sanderson: “If there’s anything that Duncan has above most people, and you could ask any of the senior players this, it’s his work-rate and his intensity.
“If someone’s going to chase a kick down with that extra 5%, if someone’s going to work hard and be honest in terms of the effort they put in, which are two of our values as a club, then it’s going to be Duncan Taylor.”
In his 99 games, Duncan – who has 18 Scotland caps – has played a key role in Saracens recent success.
He featured heavily in Saracens double-winning season, scoiring a try in the Premiership final against Exeter Chiefs and was voted Players Player of the Season in club’s most succesful season ever.
He has played mainly at centre, but has also played on either wing and has also filled in at full-back for Mark McCall’s side.
“It’s been a long old year. It’s been tough at times but being out makes you really relish the opportunity to play again and I’m excited for every game that we’ve got left now,” he said.
“I think that everyone is pumped for this Sunday’s match.
“We’re coming off the back of playing at Wembley and this is obviously going to feel a little different but it’s another great stadium and there should be an exciting atmosphere.
“I think it will feel like a neutral ground on the day and we’ve got to be up for it because it’s going to be a difficult game against Northampton.”
Duncan Taylor is pictured in match 98 for Saracens against Glasgow by David Gibson/FOTOSPORT
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