Oxford land RLWC2013 Tomahawk
Oxford RL have pulled off a major coup with the signing of USA centre Taylor Welch.
Welch was central to the Tomahawk’s recent success in the 2013 World Cup. He made 3 appearances in the tournament, scoring 1 try against Scotland and also playing against Wales and in the quarter final against eventual champions Australia. Taylor who is a centre by trade can also operate on the wing or in the full back position.
Taylor, 24, is a product of the Super League side Warrington Wolves’ Academy. He has also played for Fylde Rugby Union Club, Pays d’Aix RC in Pro D2 in France and Sale Sharks. He has had spells with Rugby League side New York Raiders of the American National Rugby league and the Chicago Griffins Rugby Union Team.
Taylor is delighted to have joined the club and highlighted the reasons behind the move. "There were a few options out there after the World Cup but Oxford really caught my eye. Luckily my good mate and old team mate Alex Thompson played here last season. I really respect his opinion and he sold the idea of Oxford to me. After speaking with Tony, it just felt like the right place to be. I can't wait to get involved and start the season."
After playing a huge part in the USA's successful World Cup campaign Welch was asked what he could bring to the club this season and what experience he gained from the tournament "I don't think about what I can bring… I see it more what I'll get from being there. A bunch of talented players here and very good coaching staff, it'll only do me a world of good to learn from them and help to improve myself. I'll be giving everything I have in the tank every game though and aiming to be a difference maker out there.
The biggest thing I've learnt during the World Cup is just play the game as a team, stick to what we do best and it doesn't matter who we're playing, the score will come! The never give up attitude."
"I'm really excited about this season. We've got a strong squad and are very serious about winning which I love. I am personally looking forward to earning my spot within the team and I have got to earn the jersey spot first."
Oxford coach Tony Benson was delighted to have secured Taylor's signature and said "I have been trying to get him for a while, and I watched him closely in the World Cup where he played in the centres. He impressed me and looks versatile.
He is a really good kicker and has a fantastic kick return too. He's physically strong and quick and has the experience we are looking for to take us to another level. He also has good ball skills which will benefit us on our big pitch at Iffley Road."