1st XV News

The Blues aim to kick start a busy October this Saturday against newly promoted Richmond at Goldington Road following last weekend’s narrow defeat to Doncaster Knights (KO 3pm).

Whilst some have tipped Richmond for relegation, Mike Rayer’s men will certainly not be underestimating the side from the capital who ran Rotherham very close last time out. The Blues are in a similar position to Richmond having not registered a win so far this season so both sides will be focused on changing that this Saturday.

The deadline for 2017 Six Nations ticket applications for Twickenham to watch England closes today for all 2016-17 Bedford Blues Season Ticket holders. 

Application emails with details were sent out a few weeks back with your application form, but will be accpeted if dropped to the Club tomorrow, Tuesday 27th September.

If for any reason you didn't receive your application form via email, firstly please check your junk folder and if still not received, please get in contact with Debra Rayer or Gareth Alred at the club on 0871 871 1886 or email season@bedfordrugby.co.uk.

It was a case of close but no cigar for Bedford Blues on Saturday afternoon as they went down 30-22 to Doncaster Knights at Castle Park.

It was a back and forth game throughout with the lead changing hands four times, but ultimately it was the hosts who took the spoils late on as Bedford finished the game with 14 men.

Tries from Jake Sharp, Jason Hill, Tom Farrell and Jacob Field earned the Blues a bonus point, but two tries for the Knights in the last ten minutes after Ben Adams was sin binned, secured the win for the hosts.

Bedford Blues head north this weekend as they travel to Castle Park to take on Doncaster Knights in the Greene King IPA Championship.
 
A hugely attritional game against London Irish last weekend saw the Blues hitting form, but ultimately they fell just short against the former Premiership side as they went down 23-30.

It will be a busy October at Goldington Road with Bedford Blues hosting three home games back to back including newly promoted Richmond next up, before Friday night lights v Rotherham Titans and the annual Ladies Day fixture on Saturday 15th against Newport Gwent Dragons.

Last season’s National One title winners, Richmond, arrive in Bedford on Saturday 1st October in a match Mike Rayer’s men will certainly be targeting on home soil having performed impressively versus London Irish last time out.

The Bedford Blues Community Rugby Department is delighted to announce that their second rugby camp will be taking place in the October half term holiday and will also include a kicking master class from Blues Director of Rugby Mike Rayer.

The rugby camp is open to players of all ages and abilities with boys and girls being welcomed to the sessions which take place over three and a half days at Goldington Road – the home of Bedford Blues.

Bedford Blues gave a superb account of themselves against former Premiership side London Irish during an enthralling encounter at Goldington Road on Saturday afternoon.

While the Blues ultimately went down 23-30, there were plenty of positives to take from this performance that could easily have swung the Blues way in the latter stages. 

Speaking after the encounter, Pat Tapley, who scored two tries, said: “While it is really pleasing for me to come back into the team and score two tries, ultimately we are disappointed with the score line as it goes down as a defeat when it felt like we deserved more.

Bedford Blues return to action at Goldington Road this weekend knowing that nothing but the best will do when London Irish pay a visit.
 
A much improved performance against Jersey in St Peter last weekend saw the Blues come within a few inches of victory and now the team have the sizeable task of taking on the former Premiership team on their home patch.

The Blues return home this Saturday following a narrow loss in Jersey at the weekend hoping to continue their improved performance against the champions elect and former Premiership boys London Irish (KO 3pm).

Mike Rayer’s men will need a strong 16th man to help make Goldington Road a fortress for the arrival of the Exiles who have so far comfortably eased passed Doncaster Knights and Richmond, but having left the Channel Islands frustrated by what could have easily been an away win, the Blues will be focused on causing an upset.

The Bedford Blues Marquee is gearing up for a brace of sportsman’s dinners this season which will see two of the very best rugby speakers appearing at Goldington Road.

On Thursday 17th November, former England fly half Andy Goode will be appearing to share a few tales about his glorious career which saw him playing for the likes of Leicester Tigers, Saracens, Brive, Worcester Warriors and Newcastle.

Having finally hung up his kicking boots over the summer, Andy has turned his hand to TV punditry and after dinner speaking where he covers all things rugby and hair transplants!

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