COOPER RETURNS TO GOLDINGTON ROAD

As Peters and Lee once sang, it really is a case of 'Welcome home' as Bedford Blues have once again secured the services of tight head prop Ben Cooper from London Welsh.

After it was confirmed that Dave Spelman is likely to miss the remainder of the season following a serious knee injury, the Blues moved quickly to fill the void left in the front three and have been able to re-sign Cooper who left Goldington Road in 2014.

The 27 year old was an ever present in the London Welsh front row in 2015/16 making 30 appearances in all matches, which also saw him claiming his debut try for the club in front of the Sky Sports cameras as he dived over against Bristol at Old Deer Park.

Standing at six foot and weighing 124kg (19 and a half stone in old money), Cooper is a formidable srummager who shows an excellent turn of pace when needed.

Speaking about the signing, Blues Director of Rugby Mike Rayer said: "We are absolutely delighted to be able to welcome Ben back to Goldington Road at this time. The timing and circumstances surrounding his move back here have worked out well for him and us, but obviously we are very sympathetic to the issues down at London Welsh. Ben has improved massively in his time at the Exiles and will add significantly to our options in the front row.

"Ben’s move has also come about due to the loss of Dave Spelman who damaged his knee in training, the upshot being that we are unlikely to see him out on the pitch again this season.

"Everyone wishes Dave a speedy recovery and we are all pleased to welcome Ben back to Goldington Road."

Cooper learnt his trade under former Blue, Mike Guess, at Cambridge RFC, for whom he made his debut in 2008 before making the move to Goldington Road in January 2012. During his first stint at the club, Coops made more than 50 appearances and helped the Blues reach the 2012/13 Championship final.

At the end of the following season, Cooper was offered the chance of Premiership rugby with London Welsh and a move to Oxford followed where he made ten top flight appearances in the 2014/15 campaign.

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Friday 24th November
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