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Dear Supporter,

Rugby World Cup, England 2015 tickets.

Bedford Blues are expecting to be allocated a total in excess of 500 tickets for the key matches at Rugby World Cup 2015.  Demand is anticipated to be very high and this represents the best opportunity for true rugby fans to purchase tickets for England & Knock Out stage matches.

To apply you must have purchased an Adult season ticket for 2014-15 season before 30th April 2014 and returned along with completed RWC 2015 ballot application.

Saturday 19th April, 2014. It will be one of those ‘where were you?’ questions for Bedford Blues fans (and a few Pirates ones) when we look back thinking – Do you remember when 39 and half year old Paul Tupai became the oldest Championship player to score a hat-trick?

Yes, you read that right. Toops – who turns 40 in September – racked up an impressive three tries in this exhilarating game which went one way and then the other with 14 tries being scored in total. Scores also came for Nick Auerac, Joe Vandermolen, Tony Fenner, Patrick Tapley and TJ Harris as the Blues reminded the 2365 inside Goldingotn Road that they still love to run the ball in a game of rugby.

The season may be drawing to a close and that means only one thing – SALE!!!!!

There are plenty of savings to be had but the pick of the bunch has to be the replica Bedford Blues shirts – both home and away – available for just £30.

The offer is on while stocks last and shirts are available from the club shop – weekdays 10am to 4pm and on match days – or via the Blues online shop at www.bedfordrugby.co.uk.

Bedford Blues squad for the 2014/15 Greene King IPA Championship season continues to take shape after Director of Rugby Mike Rayer confirmed the signing of three new players and the recapture of Jake Sharp.
 
The Blues have strengthened their front row options with the signing of Billy Moss from London Welsh while the second row is bolstered with the capture of Harry Wells from Leicester and James Blanchet from Exeter Chiefs adds extra spice to the back row.
 

Bedford came up short away at London Scottish on Sunday as the hosts fought back to claim a 19-15 victory at the Richmond Athletic Ground. The IPA Championship clash didn’t produce the free flowing rugby expected in the glorious capital sunshine and the Blues were ultimately left to rue missed chances. Despite scores through Patrick Tapley and Brendan Burke, plus a penalty and conversion from James Pritchard, the Exiles punished the Blues’ failed opportunities. James Buckland’s men registered three tries through Adam Kwasnicki, Sam Stuart and Mark Bright, and two conversions for Lee Millar.

Bedford Blues head to Richmond Athletic Ground on Sunday afternoon fully refreshed and raring to finish the season on a high.

With just three games remaining in the Greene King IPA Championship season, the Blues are looking to put in a trio of good performances before heading into a longer than normal summer break.

Bedford will be without second row duo Mike Howard, who suffered an ankle injury during the Blues last game against Rotherham, and Harry Wells, who is needed by parent club Leicester Tigers this weekend while Mike Le Bourgeois also misses out with an Acromioclavicular Joint injury.

Twickenham beckons as Bedford Blues fans get half-time shot at glory

Bedford Blues fans are being offered a once in a lifetime chance to kick for glory and play for their beloved club at Twickenham, thanks to the title sponsor of the new  Greene King IPA Championship.

The competition will see five lucky winners live out their ultimate rugby moment by each taking a half time kick at goal during the Blues’ home match with Cornish Pirates on 19 April.

Bedford Blues chairman Geoff Irvine has today confirmed that the club's Chief Executive Andy Irvine is leaving his role at the club at the end of the season. Following a meeting this morning (Apr 8) when the staff were informed of the decision, Geoff Irvine said: "Andy has done a fantastic job at Goldington Road over the past eight years but we feel that the time is right to move on to a new challenge and we all wish him well for the future."

The squad building process for the 2014/15 season continued this week as Bedford Blues signed another exciting young winger as well as securing the services of three more of the current squad.

Dean Adamson, 21, has been in superb form for Ampthill Rugby Club this season and is the most prolific try scorer in National Two South with 22 under his belt. The youngster, who came through the Blues Academy, was on trial with Bedford last summer featuring in the pre-season friendlies before heading back to Dillingham Park.

There was to be no delight in front of the Sky Sports cameras as they went down 12-33 to Rotherham Titans in the unusual 5pm kick off slot on Saturday evening.

The match will mostly be remembered for four yellow cards – three of them decided by TMO Graham Hughes – rather than the rugby but the Blues will be kicking themselves for leaving a whole host of tries out on the field. Accidental offside and handling errors ultimately cost Bedford three scoring chances whereas Rotherham crossed the white three times to seal the win.

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