Duncan Taylor grabbed his first chance to shine for a senior Scotland side when he scored a try in the first five minutes for Scotland A in 2013, in the 13-9 win over England Saxons (the side's first win on English soil on the sixth time of trying).
He went on to make his Scotland debut in the opening match of the 2013 quadrangular tournament against Samoa and made his first start at Murrayfield in the second viagogo Autumn Test of 2013 against South Africa, which he followed up against Australia.
Taylor added a further six caps during 2014, despite his summer tour being cut short after the first test against USA.
A sequence of ill-timed injuries meant it was two years until Taylor returned to the dark blue of Scotland, when he finally had the chance to showcase the talent that has instilled him as favourite at the multiple English Premiership and European Cup title-winning Saracens.
The versatile 'Super Dunc' started the 2016 RBS 6 Nations campaign as a wing replacement against England but capitalised on a injury in midfield to start the remaining four games at centre, registering sensational long-range scores against Wales and Italy and finishing the campaign as one of the national team's top performers.
An starting role in Scotland's summer tour win over Japan would be Taylor's last outing for a year through another ill-timed injury however, he returned to the test arena the following summer to start all three tests against Italy, Australia and Fiji, scoring his third test try against the Wallabies in the historic win in Sydney.
Through the ranks...
Born in Northampton, Duncan Taylor impressed the Saracens coaches with his performances for Bedford Blues in the Championship in the 2010/11 season.
Before his arrival at Saracens, he enjoyed a peripatetic upbringing due to his parents’ employment, which saw his begin his schooling and rugby at Davidson Mains Primary School in Edinburgh. He then attended Olney Middle School, playing for Olney RFC on the first of two occasions either side of a spell at Davidson School in Sydney, Australia (playing for Garigal RFC) before returning to Ousedale School in Newport Pagnell.
He then signed for Bedford RFC aged 17 where he spent two years with the club’s Colts and two seasons with first team, during which they reached the Championship playoff semi-finals in both seasons.
He joined Saracens as a dual registered player at the start of the 2011/12 season before winning the Melrose Sevens title with the Premiership outfit the following summer and making over 20 appearances for the Premiership club.
Duncan qualifies for Scotland through his Scottish parents Lindsay and Colin who are from Stranraer and Glasgow respectively.
Date of birth: 05/09/89
Scotland Debut: June 2013
Place of birth: Northampton, England
2012 to present
2010 to 2012
France (replacement), Ireland
Russia, France(2), Georgia(2), Ireland(2), Samoa (replacement)
Italy, USA, Fiji
England (replacement), Wales, Italy, France, Ireland, Japan
Ireland, England (replacement), Italy (replacement), Wales (replacement), USA, Tongo (replacement)
Samoa (replacement), South Africa (replacement), Italy (replacement), Japan (replacement), South Africa, USA