The Wales and London Welsh star was part of the historic Lions tour to New Zealand in 1971 â00 a tour on which he would come face to face with a referee who would provide him with a story which he enjoys telling to this day.
â00The worst of the lot when it came to referees were Australians,â0 says Taylor, who played in all four Tests during the Lionsâ00 only series victory to date against the All Blacks.
â00We went down to Australia with Wales in 1969 and we played a Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground after weâ00d played New Zealand. We were leading about 15-3 at half-time and, in those days, Test matches were pretty low scoring. The game was won, but not according to the referee.
John Taylor met Craig Ferguson for a second time on the 1971 Lions tour
â00In the second half, he threw the book at us. He even made Maurice Richards swear at the end of the game. Maurice was a lay preacher and he never swore. The referee penalised him by ordering a penalty kick from half way, and if they kicked that theyâ00d have won.
â00Afterwards, I got the referee in the bar and I said, â00What was that all about?â00 He said, â00Listen mate, down here, youâ00ve got four codes. Youâ00ve got soccer, youâ00ve got Australian Rules and youâ00ve got league, and rugbyâ00s a poor fourth. Our blokes need all the help they can get and Iâ00m the man to give it to them!â00
â00Two years later, I got off the plane with the Lions and there was this bloke on the tarmac with his arm out stretched. He said, â00John mate, remember me? Craig Ferguson. Iâ00m still a cheating bastard and Iâ00m refereeing on Saturday!â00"