TAUNTON Rugby Football Club have now confirmed the backs that have signed on for the 2023/24 National League One season.

The free-running back line features a number of familiar faces and the club is set to announce a number of new signings to add to it in the coming weeks.

A spokesperson from the club said: "We are delighted to announce the retentions of their back division for the coming 2023/24 National League One Season."

The players who have signed on once again are: Jordan Petherbridge, Frankie Dart, Harry Strong, Jay Toogood, Oliver Massy-Birch, Connor Banks, Ben Fenton, Noah Fenton, Greg Kitson, Will Kennagh, and Shai Bonnick.‍

These players will be joined by Boris Ames, Joe Blackburn and Oscar Kolowski who will join the squad away from University Commitments.

‍Titans fans will surely remember the impressive tries scored by speedsters Dart, Fenton and Bonnick last season, so more of the same can be expected in the year ahead.

Jordan Petherbridge impressed last season as well and as head coach Tony Yapp says, there isn't many better when fully fit.

"JP is a quality player, and to have him playing and fully fit is a huge boost going for the season ahead."

With Tony Yapp confirming the players who have been retained from the forwards and the backs that also confirms the players who have moved on.

Connor Baker has joined Hornets RFC, Jordan Gott made the move to Cornish Pirates, Niall Crouch has gone to Chard, and Chris Mills now plays for Dings.

As well as those players, Charlie Walker Blair made the difficult decision to retire.

Yapp said: "We thank all of the players who have gone on to new clubs for their commitment to Taunton RFC and we wish them all the best in their new challenges.

‍"All of our loan players from last year have gone back to their parent clubs and we look forward to watching their careers develop."

Taunton enjoyed their first pre-season friendly against Exeter Uni Freshers in what was a very casual affair last week.

Yapp said after the match: "After seven weeks of training it was nice for so many of the boys to finally get back out there and start playing, you don’t normally tend to read to much into the first pre-season game, especially when using so many players, but I will say, as a start point i’m really pleased with how well the boys played.

"The evening was a real success and has given us a very strong foundation on which to build through the rest of pre-season and into the first league games.”