Bedford Blues have continued their building process for the 2016/17 with the capture of talented centre Tom Farrell from London Irish, but the club will be bidding a fond farewell to lock Mark Flanagan who is joining Saracens on a two-year deal.
Farrell, 22, has been a part of the London Irish A-League squad this season, but he really made a name for himself while part of the Leinster Academy. Standing at 6ft 2ins tall and weighing in at 97kg, the centre has pace and power that will add plenty to the Blues midfield.

Farrell has also represented Ireland at Under 19 and Under 20 levels while also playing in the British & Irish Cup against Moseley and Ealing Trailfinders.
Speaking about the signing, Blues Director of Rugby Mike Rayer said: “We are delighted to welcome a player of Tom’s standard to Goldington Road and I believe he is going to have a huge impact for us next season. Tom came through the ranks at Lansdowne, where he was shortlisted for the Ulster Bank Rising Star of the Year honour, and also played for the Leinster Academy. He has a reputation for his strong running and line breaks, and I think that he is going to fit in perfectly.”
Meanwhile, Irish second row star Mark Flanagan has been rewarded for his fine season by being snapped up by Premiership giants Saracens. Flanagan, who has pulled on the Blues jersey 22 times this season, joined the club last summer and quickly established himself as a mainstay in the scrum and a definite target in the lineout.
Commenting on the lock, Rayer said: “Mark has had a great year for us and his efforts were duly rewarded with a move to Saracens. While disappointed to lose a player of his talent, everybody wishes him well with the move to Allianz Park.”

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Saturday 27th April
1st XV Championship
Goldington Road