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1968 Bob Taylor vs South Africa 4th Test Jersey

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1968 British Lions 4th Test Jersey worn by Bob Taylor

British Lion Robert Bainbridge Taylor

Northampton’s Robert Bainbridge Taylor was a PE & Mathematics teacher at Wellingborough Grammar School and later taught at Lings Upper School. In 1962 he made his first team debut for his home town club Northampton and would go onto make 313 appearances for the Saints. England honours followed and he went onto win 16 Caps for national side making his debut against Wales in 1966 at Twickenham and his last International against France in 1971.

After being his first concern was whether or not his employers would let him go, fortunately Wellingborough headmaster Harry Wrenn was a Rugby man & made sure he went away on full pay. Once on tour he went on to play in 14 matches playing either as a no:8 or a flanker including all four Tests. South Africa would end up winning the series 3-0. Bob swapped this jersey with Springbok forward Thys Lourens after the final Test at Ellis Park Johannesburg.

Peter Douglas-Davies 10/05/2017