The draw for the 2016 Bedford Blues Under 19s 10-a-side competition was made nearly a fortnight ago before the Blues’ first team fixture against Ealing Trailfinders.
The draw was made by Geoff Irvine, Chairman of Bedford Blues and the Greene King IPA Championship Clubs Committee, and Ian Baggott, President of the East Midlands Referees Society, for only the second tournament of its kind.  Following last year’s successful tournament, Bedford Blues host the event again on Sunday 24 April at Goldington Road.
London Welsh will face Esher in the opening game of the competition at 11am in Pool A, which also includes Ealing Trailfinders and London Scottish. Bedford Blues Academy have been drawn in Pool B, along with Doncaster Knights, who they face in their opening game, Loughborough University and Moseley.
Speaking about the tournament, Geoff Irvine said: “The Championship plays a vital role in English Rugby and has produced many players who have gone on to play in the Premiership, and for England in this year’s Six Nations.  This tournament is an ideal opportunity to show off the fantastic player development work that is being carried out by the Championship clubs.
“The Championship Academies play a key role in developing players for first team squads and you don’t have to look any further than here at Bedford to see that impact.  We have three players in our current squad who have come through the ranks at our Academy while many others have passed through and gone on to Premiership and some to international accolades, including Duncan Taylor who continues to make strides for Scotland and played a superb role in their win over France last weekend.”
Denis Ormesher, Bedford Blues Academy Director, added “After the success of last year’s tournament we are delighted to have six Championship Academies entering this year.  The draw has thrown up some interesting matches between a number of sides who do not normally play each other.  After a season of 15-a-side it will be fascinating to see which players cope best with the 10-a-side format.  10s is a great game to watch – it needs all the contact skills of 15s, but the extra space rewards sides who can move the ball and have got pace to finish.  If the rugby is as good as last year it should produce a great day of rugby.”

Bedford Blues - U19 Invitation 10-a-side Tournament
Sunday April 24th (KO 11am) - Goldington Road, Bedford

Pool A

Pool B

Team 1 – London Welsh

Team 2 – Esher

Team 3 – Ealing Trailfinders

Team 4 – London Scottish

Team 1 – Loughborough University

Team 2 – Moseley

Team 3 – Bedford Blues

Team 4 – Doncaster Knights


Next Home Match

Saturday 23rd March
1st XV Championship
Goldington Road