The British & Irish Cup fixtures have been announced today with Bedford Blues drawn in Pool 5 against fellow Championship sides Yorkshire Carnegie and Ealing Trailfinders as well as the Dragons Premiership Select side.

After reaching the quarter-finals of the cup competition last season, Mike Rayer’s men will be hoping to go even further this season, but know that they face a tough journey to get out of the Pool stages.

Speaking about the competition, Blues Director of Rugby, Rayer said: “Once again we’ve been given a tough Pool in the B&I Cup and we are facing a huge task in our quest to get to the quarter finals. This however is the type of challenge we enjoy as a Club because we have always embraced this competition and thoroughly look forward each year to seeing who we get pitched up against.”

The Blues will open their account at home to the Dragons Select Side on Saturday 15th October for what will also be the annual Ladies Day at Goldington Road. The following week, Bedford head to Yorkshire ahead of a festive December double-header against Ealing Trailfinders. The Blues then welcome Carnegie in January before completing the pool games with a trip to Wales.

British & Irish Cup 2016/17 Pools

Pool 1
Jersey Reds, London Scottish, Ulster ‘A’, Cardiff Blues Premiership Select

Pool 2
London Welsh, Doncaster Knights, Munster ‘A’, Rotherham Titans

Pool 3
Cornish Pirates, London Irish, Ospreys Premiership Select, Connacht Eagles

Pool 4
Leinster ‘A’, Scarlets Premiership Select, Nottingham Rugby, Richmond

Pool 5
Yorkshire Carnegie, Bedford Blues, Dragons Premiership Select, Ealing Trailfinders

Pool 5 Fixtures

Round 1 – October 14/15/16
Saturday 15 October: Bedford Blues v Dragons Premiership Select (KO 3pm)
TBC: Ealing Trailfinders v Yorkshire Carnegie

Round 2 – October 21/22/23
TBC: Dragons Premiership Select v Ealing Trailfinders
TBC: Yorkshire Carnegie v Bedford Blues

Round 3 – December 9/10/11
TBC: Yorkshire Carnegie v Dragons Premiership Select
Saturday 10 December: Bedford Blues v Ealing Trailfinders (KO 3pm)

Round 4 – December 16/17/18
TBC: Dragons Premiership Select v Yorkshire Carnegie
TBC: Ealing Trailfinders v Bedford Blues

Round 5 – January 13/14/15
Saturday 14 January: Bedford Blues v Yorkshire Carnegie (KO 3pm)
TBC: Ealing Trailfinders v Dragons Premiership Select

Round 6 – January 20/21/22
TBC: Dragons Premiership Select v Bedford Blues
TBC: Yorkshire Carnegie v Ealing Trailfinders

Quarter-finals: March 10/11/12
Semi-finals: March 31/April 1/April 2
Final: April 22