The fixtures for the 2017/18 British & Irish Cup have been announced with Bedford Blues pooled alongside Ospreys, Nottingham and reigning champions Munster A.

It will certainly be a tough challenge for the Blues who open their campaign against fellow Championship side Nottingham away from home on the weekend of 13th to 15th October. Bedford will then welcome Ospreys to Goldington Road at 3pm on Saturday 21st for the annual Ladies’ Day game.

In December, the Blues will make the trip to Ireland to face Munster A on the weekend of 8th to 10th December before the game is reversed the following weekend as Bedford welcome the Pro 12 giants to town at 3pm on Saturday 16th for what is sure to be a Christmas cracker!

Rounds 5 and 6 take place in January with Bedford heading to Swansea to take on Ospreys between 12th and 14th before the final pool game takes place at 2pm on Saturday 20th against old foes Nottingham at Goldington Road.

Looking ahead to the competition, Blues Director of Rugby Mike Rayer said: “Once again we’ve been drawn in a tough pool but we are very excited by the challenge ahead of us as we face two new opponents and an East Midlands derby.

"Travelling to Munster and the Ospreys will new adventures for us and our intrepid supporters, so we can really look forward to them, while ourselves and Nottingham have had some right ding dong battles over the last few years.

"As a club we really enjoy this tournament and will be going flat out to go as far as we can in the competition."

British & Irish Cup games are included in the Blues season ticket or you can buy tickets for all Bedford home games online from August at

Next Home Match

Saturday 26th January
1st XV Championship
Goldington Road