January 2014

Bedford Blues have been instructed by the RFU in accordance with the regulations to move the Kick Off time to 5pm for their upcoming Greene King Championship match vs Rotherham Titans on Saturday 29th March.

Bedford Chairman Geoff Irvine Said “We’re not happy about it and did everything in our power to offer compromises to resolve the issue, but at the end of the day they’re the regulations and we’ve been forced to abide by them.

A couple of years ago a downpour of rain would have almost certainly put the mockers on any chance of the Blues picking up a victory but on Saturday afternoon they demonstrated exactly how to use the weather to their advantage as they came from behind to beat Nottingham 14-9.

Bedford’s kit man – and President – will have quite a job on his hands to get the jerseys sparkling clean in time for next Sunday’s trip to Leeds but I’m sure he won’t mind after the entire squad put in a hell of a shift to earn a very hard fought win.

Bedford Blues have bolstered their playing squad with the signing of former Academy player Tony Fenner from Viadana.

The 24 year old – who can play at fullback, fly half or centre - came through the ranks at Goldington Road winning Two National Colts Cup medals along the way. He played for the Blues against the Barbarians in the Mobbs Memorial match in 2009 before turning out for Rosslyn Park and helping them secure promotion to National One.

Bedford Blues return to Championship action this weekend and will be hoping that their league form in 2014 continues as they welcome Nottingham to Goldington Road on Saturday.

The year started with a pleasing win over London Scottish, but two defeats in the British & Irish Cup see the Blues looking to reinvigorate their season in front of their home fans this weekend.

Junior Reporter – Freddie Wootton

Match Report – Saturday January 25th 2014

Bedford Blues vs Nottingham

It was only on Friday night that I learnt that I was to be the Blues Junior Reporter – the Very Next Day! I didn’t know whether to be excited or petrified and probably ended up as a mixture of both. I arrived at Goldington Road good ‘n’ early in order to meet Sam – the ‘real’ match commentator. It was a lovely afternoon – mild and breezy with the sun shining on the turf.

Bedford Blues tasted defeat at home in the British & Irish Cup on Saturday afternoon but it was a cracking afternoon of rugby with both teams running in four tries during the afternoon.

Unfortunately, the Blues picked up three more injuries that they could have done without and the upright stopped a penalty and conversion going over in this back-and-forth game.

The Blues Academy lost to the Eastern Counties Under 20 XV, at Thetford, by 25pts – 19.  In a game played in 3 x 25 minute periods the Blues were 10-0 down at the end of the first period; they fought back to 13-12 down at the end of the second period, before losing by 25-19 at full time.

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A bad day at the office for Bedford saw them lose their crucial British & Irish Cup Pool Three clash 44-15 at Llanelli as the home side put seven tries past the Blues.

Bedford looked good for the first 10 minutes at the impressive Parc y Scarlet, but were ultimately let down by sloppy ball control as they crashed out of the competition. Llanelli kicked off and Bedford got off to a great start as they stole the first lineout. Corey Hircock stopped a break from Steff Hughes and Michael Le Bourgeois looked firm with his tackling. 

Ahead of the Blues crucial British & Irish fixtures against Llanelli and Rotherham, Bedford Director of Rugby Mike Rayer took time out of his busy day to sit down with Sam Roberts and discuss all things 2013 and beyond.

Last year may have been the proverbial 'game of two halves' with Bedford experiencing the thrill of a Championship final in 2012/13 followed by the frustration of too many losses in the current campaign but Rayer can see that the team is coming together and slowly rediscovering the form that has made the Blues such a threat since the Championship came into being.

Bedford Blues full back Aaron Morris has been called up to the England Under 20 EPS for the upcoming Six Nations Championship.

England Under-20s Head Coach - and former Blues player - Nick Walshe has made four changes to his squad as the 2013 Junior World Championship winners hunt a fourth successive Six Nations title.

Morris is joined by hooker Tom Woolstencroft (Bath Rugby), wing Tom Collins (Northampton) and centre Max Stelling (Worcester Warriors) who come in to replace Cameron Neild (Sale Sharks), Anthony Watson (Bath Rugby), George Catchpole (Leicester Tigers) and Jordan Burns (Harlequins).

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