FORMER Blackwater Crushers’ junior turned South Sydney Rabbitohs enforcer Dave Taylor and Englishman and fellow Rabbitoh Sam Burgess have teamed up as the faces of the club’s 2011 season campaign.
The towering front-row duo has given intimidation a new meaning, ploughing their way through opposition defences.
Taylor said he regards playing alongside Burgess as the highest honour and one which cannot be understated.
“Sam is the type of player everybody loves playing with, including me,” he said.
“He is a quality player, who I think may be an even better player this coming year after getting his first season in the NRL behind him.”
After a remarkable season of club and representative football which saw Taylor make his State of Origin debut for Queensland, preparations are already in full swing for next year.
Having just completed a five-day training camp in Coffs Harbour, Taylor said he was feeling more comfortable than ever in his boots at South Sydney.
“It was good to do some really intense training. It helps us to focus, and remind us of the job that lies ahead for us as a club.
“Now that I am in my second year at Souths, I feel really comfortable and a part of the club.”
Since his move from Brisbane Broncos, Dave has been noticeably more nimble on his feet and happy to run a wider line off the ruck, crediting a lot of his success to his teammates.
“We have some very skilful forwards, others with a high work rate, and some speedy backs that also have plenty of skills.”
As for the Bunnies’ premiership chances in 2011, Taylor is remaining quietly confident and fixed on the task at hand.
“If we have a big off-season and prepare well, I am fairly confident we will be competitive.”
But it’s not all work and no play for this gentle giant of rugby league with Christmas celebrations taking a new direction with a recent addition to the Taylor family.
“It has a whole new focus and meaning. It’s all about (daughter) Macie, Santa, presents and stockings.
“I love Christmas, just a big kid at heart.”
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