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Somerset Rugby Football Union

Somerset RFU
Full nameSomerset Rugby Football Union
Founded1882; 137 years ago (1882)
RegionSomerset, parts of Bristol
ChairmanJohn Harding
PresidentAndy Shorney
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The Somerset County Rugby Football Union (SCRFU) is the governing body for the sport of rugby union in the county of Somerset in England. The union is the constituent body of the Rugby Football Union (RFU) for Somerset. The SCRFU administers and organises rugby union clubs and competitions in the Somerset including the county rugby representative teams.


The first Somerset rugby team played against Devon at Taunton in the 1875-76 season and the Somerset County Rugby Football Union was founded at a meeting in Bridgwater in September 1882. The county men's senior team has reached the County Championship final on five occasions, winning in their first final in 1923 but losing the remaining four.[1]


Affiliated clubs

There are currently 57 clubs affiliated with the Somerset RFU, most of which have teams at both senior and junior level, and are based in Somerset as well as parts of Bristol.


County club competitions

The Somerset RFU currently runs the following club competitions for club sides in Somerset and parts of Bristol:



  • Somerset Senior Cup - for club sides that typically play between tiers 4-7 of the English rugby union league system.
  • Somerset Senior Vase - open to club sides that typically play between tiers 7-9.


  1. ^ Old Bristolians are joint members of both the Gloucestershire RFU and Somerset RFU.
  2. ^ Although members of the Somerset RFU, Yeovil actually play in the Dorset & Wilts regional leagues.


  1. ^ "About Somerset County Rugby Football Union". Somerset County Rugby Football Union. Retrieved 11 August 2016.
  2. ^ "Somerset Rugby Football Union Handbook 2016-17" (PDF). Somerset RFU. Retrieved 13 June 2017.

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