Saturday, February 15, 2014

Impressive Solo try by Canadian Taylor Paris for Agen v Narbonne

Photo: ladepeche
Canada, at present, has strength in numbers in the outside backs. So much so that coach Kieran Crowley has had the luxury of being able to rotate starting wingers in international competition. A compelling argument exists at present that Canada could challenge Italy at Rugby World Cup 2015 and that the North Americans have players doing better in European leagues than does Italy. With Canadian outside backs impressing in Europe this season the competition for places in the side side is set to be fierce ahead of the World Cup. Taylor Paris is one player pushing hard for inclusion.

Taylor Paris is fighting to make his way back into the team. Ahead of him at present are players including Jeff Hassler, Matt Evans, Phil MacKenzie and DTH van der Merwe. Hassler has been a revelation in Wales. He joined the Ospreys at the start of the current season and has established himself as a regular starter on the wing. Evans was the top try scorer in last seasons RFU Championship in England while Phile MacKenzie has played his share of matches in the Aviva Premiership this season and DTH van der Merwe has been the leading Canadian back in Europe since his arrival at the Glasgow Warriors in 2009.


Paris was a part of the Canadian squad for Rugby World Cup 2011 and, for a period, joined van der Merwe at Glasgow. Still aged just 21 the Canadian flier from Ontario is now based in France, playing in the second division for the second placed Agen, a club in with a strong chance of winning promotion back to the Top 14.

Like Agen, Narbonne is also well placed with an eye to a return to the Top 14. Currently Lyon is in pole position and likely to win automatic promotion while between Agen and Narbonne sit La Rochelle and Pau. Should it remain this way then one of the four would join Lyon in the Top 14 next season. The most likely final at present would be Agen v La Rochelle. Agen will face Narbonne on Sunday with Paris starting on the right wing.

So far this season Taylor Paris has played fifteen matches for Agen for a return of seven tries. He is the third best try scorer thus far in the competition and has scored some very notable tries such as the following try against Narbonne in September. Paris side stepped his way past Karne Kaufana before getting past Paul Abadie and then having too much pace for both Cédric Zuco and Adrien Latorre. 

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