The Taunton Story…

Taunton Rugby Football Club Were founded in 1875 and play their home matches at Hyde Park, next to the M5 motorway. They achieved promotion to National League One in 2020. They moved to Hyde Park in November 2001 having previously played at Priory Park for 66 years. In 2011 they began their partnership with local telecommunications firm Commsplus. This partnership developed over many years and in October 2017 the Taunton Rugby Football ground at Hyde Park in Taunton was officially renamed the ‘Commsplus Stadium’.  From this season the ground became known as the ‘Towergate Stadium’ after new sponsors Towergate, an insurance company.


The team’s achievements in 2008-09 when they remained unbeaten saw them being named ‘BBC West Team of the Season’. In the 2009-10 season the Taunton club became champions of National League 3 South West.  In the 2010–11 season, Taunton finished in 7th position in their first season in National League 2 South.


Somerset Senior Cup winners (3): 1986, 1989, 2008

Tribute Western Counties (north v west) promotion play-off winner: 2000–01

Western Counties North champions: 2004–05

South West 2 West champions: 2008–09

National League 3 South West champions: 2009–10

National League 2 South champions: 2019–20


This season Taunton have won 5 of their 19 league games so far but have amassed a total of 15 bonus points giving them 35 league points. At the moment they are just two places above ourselves and third from bottom in the table. Last Saturday they did their hopes of avoiding relegation a great boost with a very good away win at Chinnor, posting a 50-28 victory. In the corresponding game at the Ferens Ground on October 29th Taunton won 38-28 after a very close and entertaining game.

Norman Angell.

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