Big Dave pumped for huge future
SIZE really does matter, just ask Dave Taylor.
The hulking Rockhampton rugby league star embarks on a four-week tour of France and England today with the AIS (Australian Institute of Sport) rugby league program.
Standing at 185cm and tipping the scales at a whopping 113kg, Taylor is literally primed for a big future.
The 17-year-old has already signed a two-year deal with the Brisbane Broncos after a stellar 2005 campaign, which included Queensland and Australian Schoolboys representative honours.
Newly appointed Broncos assistant coach Ivan Henjack, in Rockhampton yesterday, said Taylor had all the attributes to make it to the top.
"Obviously his size is great, he has explosive speed and he's also very athletic,'' Henjack said.
"But more importantly, he has a great attitude.''
Taylor, still only in Year 11 at renowned Yeppoon rugby league nursery St Brendan's College, will join the AIS team's first match against a French under-18 side at Carcassonne this Sunday.
The national team will also tackle the French under-19s at Albi (November 16), Barala at Manchester (November 21) and England under-17s at York (November 25 and 30).
One of the tour highlights will be the Tri Nations grand final at Leeds on November 26.
Taylor, who had up to 11 clubs chasing his signature after starring for Queensland under-17s during this year's State of Origin, said it would be a lifechanging experience.
"I can't wait,'' he said.