1st XV News

Bedford Blues take to the road on Sunday afternoon as they head to Lady Bay to face Nottingham in the Greene King IPA Championship.

The Blues head into the game off the back of a 64-20 victory over London Welsh, but know that Nottingham - who picked up a bonus point win over Moseley last weekend - will be a tough nut to crack as they look to close the gap on the top four teams.

When Nottingham visited Goldington Road earlier in the season, the Blues had to put in an impressive defensive display to secure a 28-19 victory with tries coming from Pat Tapley, Sam Blanchet and Jordan Burns.

The Club would like to thank the Friends of the Blues for their latest donation of £20,000 as organiser Howard Travis presented a cheque to Club Chairman Geoff Irvine at half-time in last Saturday's match against London Welsh.

The amount represents a continuation of funds raised and paid to the club over the last four years by the FoB Trust to support Bedford Blues.

Irvine said: "We are delighted to receive another substantial contribution from The Friends of the Blues and I would like to say a big thank you to everyone has, and who continues to, contribute to the wellbeing of the Blues through this supporters trust.”

Tickets for the British & Irish Cup Final will go on sale on Tuesday morning after it was confirmed that Bedford Blues will meet Jersey on Friday 11th March.

Following a meeting between the competition Organising Committee on Monday 1st February, the draw for the British & Irish Cup knock-out stages was made along with confirmation of the semi-final and final.

While the Blues, who topped Pool 2 of the competition, face Jersey on Friday 11th March with a 7.45pm kick-off, the other fixtures will see Leinster ‘A’ facing London Welsh, Yorkshire Carnegie hosting Moseley and Cornish Pirates being drawn at home against Doncaster Knights.

Bedford Blues put in one of their best performances of the season as they battered London Welsh 64-20 at Goldington Road on Saturday afternoon and you can watch all of the highlights by clicking HERE.

Nine tries were scored by the Blues in this comprehensive victory but more pleasing for the Bedford coaches will have been the fact that it was the closest to a full 80 minute performance that there has been all season.

Greene King IPA Championship rugby returns to Goldington Road this weekend as Bedford Blues get set to face old foes London Welsh on Saturday afternoon (KO 3pm).

It will have been 30 days since the Blues beat London Scottish in their last Championship outing but there has been little respite with Bedford picking up British & Irish Cup wins over Ulster and Scarlets Select to secure a quarter-final place.

But attention is truly back on the league this weekend and Bedford know that they have a huge challenge ahead of them in the form of Rowland Phillips’ London Welsh.

This Saturday will see the introduction of the new match day shop sale. Each remaining home game the Blues Shop will feature one big sale item to get your hands on.

This weekend we are offering 20% all away replica jerseys for adults and kids, that's £10 off an adult shirt. Just pop into the Club Shop on match day to take advantage.

The Club will offer a different deal each match day to the end of the season, but the discount is only available on game day from Goldington Road. This offer cannot be used in conjuntion with any other discount. Match tickets are available on the gate tomorrow from 12 noon.

For a second time this season, Blues fans will be able to tune into Sky Sports and watch their favourite rugby team in the comfort of their own home as Bedford take part in the first ever Championship double-header on Easter Sunday.

Sky Sports will broadcast two Greene King IPA Championship games back-to-back involving the league's current top four teams.

The Blues will be taking on Yorkshire Carnegie at Headingley on Sunday 27 March, with the game now kicking off at 4pm. To get everyone in the mood for the main event, the cameras will also be at Castle Park as Doncaster Knights take on leaders Bristol at the earlier time of 1.15pm.

Bedford Blues are straight back in action at Goldington Road this Saturday with the return of Championship rugby against last season’s Premiership relegated side, London Welsh (Kick Off 3pm).

Hoping to continue their winning run with five victories on the bounce and fresh off Cup success, Mike Rayer’s men are preparing for another crucial encounter as Rowland Phillips’ Exiles outfit arrive in town.

Currently in fourth with a nine-point cushion over Jersey, Bedford are seeking revenge over Welsh who narrowly edged the Blues at Old Deer Park earlier in the campaign and have since added the scalps of both Yorkshire Carnegie and Doncaster Knights.

Following Saturday’s fantastic win against Scarlets Select to earn the Blues qualification to the knockout stages and a home draw, the Club can confirm they will play the Quarter Final at Goldington Road on Friday 11 March (Kick Off 19:45).

The draw for who Bedford will face in the Quarter Final will take place next Monday with Doncaster Knights, London Welsh, Jersey and Moseley in the bag.

The Friday night lights date will set up a tantalising rugby weekender with Eddie Jones’ new look England facing Wales at Twickenham on the Saturday which will also be screened at the Club.

Bedford Blues have booked their place in the quarter-finals of the British and Irish Cup with a 45-34 win over the Scarlet Select XV but they were made to work very hard for the bonus point victory.

You can now see all 11 tries on our Youtube Channel Blues TV by clicking HERE.

Scores from Josh Buggea, Paul Tupai, Nick Fenton-Wells, Henry Staff, Sam Blanchet and Dean Adamson along with a penalty try secured the win but the Scarlets deserve full credit for their tenacious display which almost cost the Blues dearly.

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