December 2016

***Bedford Blues have been forced into a change to their announced team for tomorrow's B&I Cup encounter against Ealing Trailfinders. Pat Tapley has been ruled out with injury meaning that Elliot Clements-Hill moves into the starting line-up while Josh Buggea comes in on the bench.***

Bedford return to British & Irish Cup action this weekend as they host Ealing Trailfinders in the first of a double-header.

Round Three of the Cup pits the Blues against high-flying Trailfinders with the pair having already met in league action back in October when Ealing were able to record a one point win in  a closely fought contest.

It is with deep regret that the club announce the death of former captain Barrie Williams.

Barrie made an amazing 249 appearances for the town between 1958-67. He played most of his rugby on the wing, amassing a stunning 126 tries, making him the joint second (with D.P. Rogers) highest ever try scorer in the club's history. He took over the club captaincy for the 1960-61 season, leading another great year.

A very talented sportsman having been a county tennis and squash player, Barrie was equally at home on a court as well as a rugby pitch.

Four brave members of the Bedford Blues squad were put through their paces this week as they were set the task of taking on the Meatcure Chilli Burger Challenge.

The task was quite simple. On Monday night, Tom James, Mike Howard, Pat Tapley and Christian Judge each had to simply work their way through a four patty tower burger, a dozen jalapeno bites, double fries and a milkshake in just 15 minutes.

With the rest of the squad’s encouragement, the foursome got stuck into the challenge wholeheartedly but it proved to be a step too far as none of them could quite complete the task in the time limit set out.

The Blues return to Goldington Road this Saturday for the Christmas fixture against Ealing Trailfinders with both sides still in the running of making the Cup knockout stages going in to the festive double header (KO 3pm).  

Mike Rayer’s men travelled back from Leeds last weekend with nothing to show after an improved performance which deserved at least a losing bonus point. This Saturday the Blues will be looking to respond in front of the home faithful, but will need their 16th man behind them to help them return to winning ways.

Bedford Blues put in a big second half performance at Headingley on Friday night but despite all of their efforts, they left empty handed as Carnegie scored in the seventh minute of stoppage time to secure a 28-15 victory.

The Blues certainly had something to prove after putting in a lack-lustre display at Goldington Road last week but their preparations weren’t helped when they were delayed in getting to the ground.

A belated congratulations to ex-Blues Academy Captain Ali Price, who won his first cap last Saturday in Scotland’s 43-16 win over Georgia.  Ali, whi has been on the bench for Scotland's last three games, came off the bench to replace the Scotland captain, Greg Laidlaw, at scrum half, and win his first cap.

Bedford Blues will be heading up the M1 on Friday night to face high flying Yorkshire Carnegie in the Greene King IPA Championship.

It's been a Jekyll and Hyde couple of weeks for the Blues who put in a huge performance to pick up a bonus point win at London Welsh a fortnight ago before relinquishing a ten point lead to lose 10-13 at home to London Scottish last weekend.

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