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by Christian Edwards

 

SYDNEY nike air max 2017 flyknit uk , July 10 (Xinhua) -- In the shadow of another flawed performance in Wednesday's State of Origin decider -- won handsomely by Queensland -- Maroons juggernaut forward, Dave Taylor may have to convince the Australian Rugby Union (ARU), that he can perform at the highest level before being given a green light to swap codes, as reported early this week.

 

The hulking, wide-running impact player has already had a taste of the more complex 15-man game when growing up in Far North Queensland and toyed with switching codes to the Queensland Reds in 2009.

 

That move was scuttled by a massive contract to stay in the National Rugby League (NRL).

 

Desire for Union

 

Taylor nike air max 2017 blue womens uk sale , whose current contract with League winds up at the end of 2016, said this week he remained keen to return to Union.

 

"It is something that still sits there in me."

 

"I still love watching union and I played it a lot as a kid," Taylor said.

 

At his calamitous best, Taylor's a potential game-changer, capable of rolling an opposition in bursts that befit his nickname 'Coal Train.'

 

Yet nike air max 2017 blue womens uk , as seen in his fumbled ball-handling in Origin III Taylor carries his potential, like his weigh -- there for all to see when not used to the awe it inspires.

 

Time is short

 

Former Wallabies legend and rugby commentator Alistair Baxter told Xinhua the switch could work for Taylor, but the time for ' umming and ahhing' over the move was already past.

 

"At 124 kg, 188 cm and having grown up playing rugby union, rugby league's Dave Taylor makes the perfect candidate to make the switch to rugby union! However nike air max 2017 blue uk , at 25 years of age he will need to make the switch quickly if he has any desire of playing rugby at the highest level in his preferred position of center," Baxter said from Sydney, where he works for Aussie architects Cox Richardson.

 

But even that, like so much with Taylor's game, has a question mark on it.

 

"I guess it comes down to position wise too. I would probably be an inside or outside center but I may be too slow for outside now nike air max 2017 black womens uk sale ," Taylor conceded.

 

It's not the first time the man they call the Coal Train as considered having a crack at the more challenging 15-player code. Taylor got within a whisker of crossing codes back in his halcyon days, at just 20 years, when in 2009 the Queensland Reds put their hands up -- until Hollywood actor Russell Crowe's cashed up South Sydney Rabbitohs snapped up the hard-running giant.

 

Taylor also revealed this week that he would prefer to move into the backline -- inside or outside center -- if he made the gamble.

 

According to Baxter such a roll of the dice, for a man not known for his particularly nimble rugby mindset, could turn out to be a grave challenge.

 

"To put this into perspective nike air max 2017 black womens uk , (dual internationalist) Sonny Bill Williams, one of rugby league's most talented players made the switch to rugby at the age of 23 and needed 2 years before he made it into the All Black's at his preferred position of center.

 

"Dave Taylor is neither as fast or skillful as SBW so will need at least this long to make the transition to top level rugby -- if he leaves it too long (reportedly he still has two years left on his NRL contract) he will simply be too old to be seriously considered for a national spot.

 

At 25 years of age, time is running out for the former Rabbitoh to come good on his undeniable talent -- and evolve into the kind of game-destructing dynamo that matches his giant promise.

 

Giant promise unfulfilled

 

So many doubts linger of Taylor's consistency and commitment. He endured weight problems when making the love last year to the Gold Coast Titans and has been unable to shake the legacy of chewing up opposition -- seemingly at will -- and then choking horribly on lesser teams the very next week.

 

Titans teammate Aiden Sezer told local media that at his best Taylor could make the Titans -- nose languishing outside the eight -- a genuine premiership contender.

 

"From a personal opinion I reckon he'd be the best player in the game at his best," Sezer said in late 2013.

 

"If he does that week in, week out... that's probably what Dave knows he has to work on and that's what we've all got to work on as a team.

 

"He's a freak of an athlete and if we can get the best out of him I'm pretty sure the Titans will be in there throwing some punches at the right time of the season next year."

 

Taylor's manager Col Davis said rugby was a serious option.

 

"Dave will be watching how Burgess goes very closely because his grandfather on his dad's side is English nike air max 2017 black uk ," Davis said.

 

According to Davis, In 2011, Taylor was invited to trial in front of NFL clubs but injury ruled him out.

 

While all the options are there for a talent so prodigious, it will main Taylor's cross to quash the criticism with performances on the park.

 

Dave Taylor at his best is enough to make even Baxter's mild- mannered mouth water.

 

"In saying all this though, I'd love to see him make the switch because I'd certainly be excited to watch him play rugby and think he has all the ingredients to make a huge impact in the game!"

 

"And I hope cheap nike air max 2017 uk sale , even though he has a European passport, it is in Australia and for the Wallabies where he chooses to make this impact!"

 

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