Bob Taylor (rugby union)

For other people named Robert Taylor, see Robert Taylor (disambiguation).
Bob Taylor
Date of birth (1942-04-30) 30 April 1942
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)
Weight 92 kg (14 st 7 lb)
University King Alfred's College
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Flanker
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
British Lions

Robert Bainbridge Taylor (born 30 April 1942) is a former England rugby player and past president of the Rugby Football Union. He is from Northampton, England, and studied at King Alfred's College (now University of Winchester) from 1960 - 1963.

He was a flanker for England (between 1966 and 1971) and the British Lions, serving as England/Wales captain in the RFU centenary match in 1970 and winning 16 England caps. He captained England in one international. He was also the Northampton coach and a referee for East Midlands.

In 1995 he was appointed Hon Secretary of Northampton RFC and served as president 1993-95. He has represented Northampton and the East Midlands on numerous committees and has served on several national committees. He was appointed to serve for one year as President of the Rugby Football Union in July 2007.[1]

Taylor was a PE and mathematics teacher at Wellingborough Grammar School from 1964 until 1975.[2][3] He was PE teacher at Lings Upper School in Northampton from 1975


  1. Community Rugby - East Midlands celebrate presidency double Community Rugby article on Bob Taylor's appointment as RFU president
  2. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 12 September 2005. Retrieved 2008-08-10.
  3. Tall, T. and Tall, G. (2006). Memories of Wellingborough Grammar School 1930 - 1975 Clock Tower Publications ISBN 0-9548689-1-9 page 125

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Bob Hiller
English National Rugby Union Captain
Succeeded by
Tony Bucknall
Preceded by
Bob Rogers
Rugby Football Union President
Succeeded by
Brian Williams
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