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With the Blues away to Doncaster this weekend, Blues supporters have the chance to support the Blues Academy, with the next two home games at Goldington Road being Academy games against Oxford University and Wasps.

First up on Saturday October 25th, the Academy take on the Oxford University U21 XV for their second encounter this season.  Oxford are in preparation for the annual Varsity game at Twickenham against Cambridge University on 11th December.  The Blues beat the University in their away fixture three weeks ago by 32pts – 14.   The game is at Goldington Road, with Kick Off at 2.30 pm.  The bars is open, and admission is free.

Bedford Blues have today welcomed the decision of the British & Irish Cup Organising Committee to award them the result of the opening pool game against Cornish Pirates following a breach of the rules.
 
During the game on Sunday 12th October at the Mennaye Field, one of the Cornish Pirates props suffered an unfortunate injury and could no longer compete in the game. As the Pirates had already used their allocated front row replacements, this meant that the game had to revert to uncontested scrums and the home side would have to withdraw a player and resume the game with 14 men.

With Saints, one of the RFU funded Academies, fielding a number of contracted players, with England U18 and Scotland U20 experience, it was always going to be a tough day for the Blues.  Centre Rory Hutchinson appeared for Scotland U20 in the World Cup in New Zealand this summer, and hooker James Fish, flanker Lewis Ludlum and centre Harry Mallinder (all 6’5” of him) have recently returned from the England U18 unbeaten tour of South Africa, which included a win over South Africa.  Bedford gave a great account of themselves with the Saints taking a 17pts – 12 half time lead, before running out as winners by 34pts – 22.

For a second week in a row, Bedford Blues were undone by a last minute converted try to lose in the British & Irish Cup by a solitary point, this time to Welsh Principality side Cross Keys who won 22-23 on Ladies Day at Goldington Road.

The result was even more disappointing as the Blues were leading 19-3 after 16 minutes thanks to tries from Dean Adamson, James Pritchard and Nick Fenton-Wells, but the visitors from Wales fought back and kept on going until their skipper Leon Andrews crossed over the line two minutes into stoppage time before Dorian Jones coolly converted to seal the victory.

Following Bedford Blues’ success against Jersey last time out, Chairman Geoff Irvine has urged the rugby community to continue showing their support for the town’s club by keeping the attendance figures up and proving what the Blues means to the region.

The Blues Chairman, who is due to stand down in May 2016, said: “I would like to thank everyone who attended the first home victory of the season last Saturday despite the bad weather pre-match and helped make Goldington Road a fortress.

Bedford Blues are delighted to announce that captain Nick Fenton-Wells and hooker Charlie Clare have been selected in the Championship XV squad to face Canada at Sixways Stadium on Sunday 2nd November.

Skipper Fenton-Wells joined the Blues permanently this season following a successful two-year loan period from Saracens and was announced as captain for the 2014/15 season having made an enormous impression in his time at Goldington Road.

In May of this year Bedford Blues Chairman, Geoff Irvine announced he would be standing down from his positon as Chairman of the Club at the end of the 2015/16 season in a meeting of interested parties.

When the announcement was made a group was formed to take a look from outside the Club at the future of rugby in Bedford and how the club was managed.

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