March 2017

Bedford Blues were given a big workout ahead of their final three Championship fixtures as Premiership giants Northampton Saints descended on Goldington Road and duly left with a 17-52 win.

The game was never about the result for either team, but there were plenty of positives for the Blues to take away including two good tries scored by Tom James and Pat Tapley.

Speaking at the full-time whistle, the Blues returning skipper Michael Le Bourgeois said: “The boys played really well, there’s a lot of learning for us to take from it but we created some good opportunities and there’s a lot of positives to take as we head into the final few weeks of the season.

Bedford Blues have named a 25 man squad as they prepare to face near neighbours under the Friday Night Lights at Goldington Road.

Following the sad demise of London Welsh, a gap in the Blues fixture list appeared but the void was soon filled by Northampton Saints who are still pushing hard for a play-off spot in the Aviva Premiership. With a weekend off themselves, Jim Mallinder's men agreed to travel along the A428 for the much anticipated fixture.

This weekend sees the renewal of old rivalries as Bedford Blues welcome Northampton Saints for a much-anticipated Friday night lights fixture against our near neighbours (KO 7:45pm).

Mike Rayer and his counterpart Jim Mallinder are both expected to name strong squads for this Friday’s fixture, as Blues and Saints target improved finishes to the season in the GKIPA Championship and Aviva Premiership respectively.

The now annual Bedford Blues Rugby and Beer Festival takes place this weekend on Friday night and all day Saturday. Two of the town’s great institutions come together once again to host a bigger and better two dayer at Goldington Road.

While there is nothing better than watching Bedford take on Northampton Saints on the rugby field, the experience can always be improved and this weekend both sets of fans will be able to enjoy top-class rugby alongside some of the finest ales.

Bedford Blues are pleased to announce their first two new signings for the 2017/18 Greene King IPA Championship season.

The first is prop Sean McCarthy, 26, who joins the Blues from Jersey Reds where he was on his second spell with the club having joined Leinster for the 2014-15 season. McCarthy has represented Ireland at Under 18 level and previously played for Worcester Warriors before heading to Jersey for his first stint at the club in 2012.

Blues Community are delighted to announce a bumper double rugby camp for the coming Easter holidays at Goldington Road.

The first camp will take place as the schools close on Wednesday 5th, Thursday 6th and Friday 7th April. The second camp commences on Wednesday 12th, Thursday 13th and then a special masterclass before term starts again on Tuesday 18th April with our early arrival and late collection offered again at a supplement price.

Bedford Blues are pleased to announce that a further four members of the current squad have put pen to paper on new deals to remain at Goldington Road next season.

Back rower Ben Adams, lock Will Carrick-Smith, scrum half Jordan Burns and centre Ollie Dodge have all signed new contracts with the Blues for the 2017/18 Championship season joining Ben Cooper and Michael Le Bourgeois who signed again last month.

Bedford Blues put in a Herculean-esq performance on Sunday afternoon to pick up a much needed and morale boosting 21-24 victory over Nottingham in the Greene King IPA Championship.

Last season, the Blues scored deep in stoppage time to record a win over the Green and Whites and they left it late once again as Dan George went over form the back of a driving maul to put the Blues ahead with just a couple of minutes left on the clock.

Things hadn't started in the best of fashion at Lady Bay for the visiting Blues as Jake Sharp's attempted clearance was charged down but Charlie Thacker's subsequent kick ahead rolled out of the Blues try area.

Promotion from the Championship to the Premiership will be decided on who finishes top of the league after the RFU Council approved a three-season plan to remove the end-of-season play-off system between the top four teams.

From next season, the club who finishes top of the table will be crowned the winner of the Greene King IPA Championship and will be promoted into Premiership Rugby the following season if they satisfy the Minimum Standards Criteria of the premier club competition.

Bedford Blues have announced a much changed line-up for their trip to Lady Bay on Sunday afternoon as they face Nottingham in the Greene King IPA Championship.

The Blues will be looking to bounce back immediately following their home defeat to Ealing Trailfinders last weekend. The two teams appeared to be evenly matched, but the visitors pulled away in the last ten minutes and Bedford couldn't find a way back into the game.

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