February 2014

Bedford Blues are in for a treat this week as they finally get to run out for a game of rugby following two postponements in a row.

The Blues were set to face Ealing Trailfinders first on Valentine's Day and then the following Saturday but rotten weather and an unplayable pitch means that when Bedford face Moseley it will be their first game since 8th February.

Bedford head into the game as underdogs and felt the full force of an impressive Moseley performance when the Midlanders comfortably beat the Blues back in November.

After weeks of disruption due to the weather, and a number of cancelled games, the Blues Academy return to action this Saturday, March 1st, when they welcome the Loughborough University U21 XV to Goldington Road, KO 2.00 pm.

With the Blues away at Moseley, Bedford supporters have the chance to support the Academy at home - Kick Off is 2.00 pm, the bar is open, all are welcome.

This will be the second game against Loughborough University U21s this season, with the Blues losing the game at Loughborough in November by 29pts - 15.

Congratulations to Blues Academy fly half, Dan Lewis, who has been selected for the England U18 Clubs & Schools XV.

Lewis, who is studying for his "A" levels at St. Joseph's College Ipswich, has been selected after captaining the London & S.E. Divisional side in the England trials at the weekend.  He follows in the footsteps of Academy full back Aaron Morris, who was selected for England U18 Clubs & Schools last season, and who has moved on to the Blues 1st XV and the England U20 squad this season.

Bedford Blues have bolstered their second row options with the capture of England Under 20s lock Harry Wells on loan from Leicester Tigers.

The Blues had been dealt a blow with the news that Ben Gulliver could face a number of weeks on the side lines after injuring his neck but have moved swiftly to bring in the 20 year old lock who has been playing at Loughborough before switching to Bedford.

The weather may have played havoc with the Blues recent Championship fixture list so as a special treat we've decided to publish the full head to head interview that featured in the programme against Bristol with Jake Sharp and Don Barrell answering the fans questions. Don't forget that you can post a question to Blues stars by emailing simon@bedfordrugby.co.uk, Tweeting us @BedfordBluesRFC or visiting us on Facebook. Enjoy!

Ealing Trailfinders’ home Greene King IPA Championship match against Bedford Blues has been rescheduled for Saturday, 15 March, kick-off 15.00.

The Blues were originally supposed to visit Vallis Way on Valentines’ Day, Friday 14 February, but both that match and the previously rescheduled fixture on Saturday 22 February were unable to go ahead after the pitch was deemed unplayable.

England’s final RSB Six Nations match against Italy in Rome will be on the big screen from 12.30, while the concluding fixture of the tournament, France v Ireland in Paris will also be shown, kick-off at 17.00.

For Bedford not to have come away with anything form this game was the biggest disappointment of the afternoon as the Blues went down 19-32 to high flying Bristol.

That said, after the opening half an hour, the Blues were lucky to still be in the game after the visitors had coming firing out the blocks to score three tries which thankfully all went unconverted by Nicky Robinson.

Bedford found their rhythm though with Eoin Sheriff scoring his first Blues try on the 31st minute before impressive youngster Aaron Morris crossed twice to see the Blues leading 19-15 thanks to two Jake Sharp conversions.

Goldington Road is certainly the place to be on Saturday afternoon to ensure that you get your regular rugby fix.

As if the visit of Bristol wasn't enough to attract the Goldingotn Road faithful through the gates, the club will also be showing all of the action from the Six Nations clash between Scotland and England straight after the Championship fixture.

Bedford were thrashed 50-6 at Headingley on Sunday afternoon by Championship high flyers Leeds who ran in six tries. The Blues could not click into gear at all on a chilly Sunday afternoon as their hosts played almost all of the quick flowing and expansive rugby. Errors, poor handling and indiscipline cost Bedford who will want to forget about this game quickly following an upturn in form of late.

They could not cross the whitewash and only had two James Pritchard penalties to show for their afternoon's work.

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