Bedford Blues are delighted to announce the signing of exciting Loughborough Students hooker Jacob Fields as well as the re-signing of Sam James for the 2016/17 season.
The news comes hot off the heels of the announcement that Charlie Clare will be moving on from Goldington Road to join Premiership side, and near neighbours, Northampton Saints at Franklins Gardens in the Aviva Premiership.
Fields, 22, has been in fine form for Loughborough Students ever since joining from Bath Academy. Standing at 1.79m and weighing in at 108kg, the hooker is in the final stages of his Sports Science and Management degree and will join up with his new teammates in the summer.
James, 21, joined the Blues from Wasps last summer but suffered an early setback to his Bedford career when he broke his ankle early in the season. The former Scotland Under 20 player was soon back on the field though and has provided firm competition for the Blues number two jersey.
Speaking about the signings, Blues Director of Rugby Mike Rayer said: "I'm delighted to have secured the services of two very talented young hookers for next season. Jacob has excellent pedigree from his time with Bath and Loughborough and his style of play will certainly fit in with our philosophy here at Goldington Rd. Sam has been excellent for us this campaign and everyone is looking forward to him really kicking on next season. I think the pair of them will have an excellent competition to try and stake a claim for the hooker jersey.
"I'm also really pleased for Charlie who is heading along the A428 to Northampton for next season. Charlie has developed a lot over the past two seasons which is testament to the work put in by Martin Hynes and the other coaches at the club. I'm sure that Charlie will seize his opportunity and give Jim Mallinder and co plenty to think about in at Franklin's Gardens."

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Saturday 18th August
1st XV Pre Season
Goldington Road