1st XV News

The Blues squad were treated to an afternoon and evening on the farm last Thursday as they finished off block one of pre-season at Woburn Country Foods in Haynes, Bedfordshire.

On arrival the squad were treated to a butchery demonstration from ‘Speed Boner’ Babar where they watched the master butcher expertly bone out a carcass of prime Bedfordshire beef.

Bedford Blues are delighted to announce that their four year relationship with kit provider Zoo Sports is set to continue with a one year extension until the end of the 2015/16 season.

Since coming on board with the club in 2011, Zoo Sports have provided Bedford Blues with an impressive array of kits as well as a huge selection of leisurewear for players and fans alike.

As part of the new deal, Zoo are in the process of manufacturing a brand new away shirt for the 2015/16 Greene King IPA Championship season.

Bedford Blues will be at Nando’s Bedford on Monday 20th July in support of a charity night to raise funds for Sue Ryder St John’s Hospice, and you can join them for just £15 per person.

Eight of this season’s Blues stars will be grilling, preparing and serving your meals as well as chatting to customers from 7:30pm as the players tackle this culinary challenge.

As well as the chance to mingle with the Bedford players there will be games, interviews and a raffle full of local prizes, not to mention a great menu!

Bedford Blues were given one of their toughest training sessions of pre-season when they put through their paces with a Mixed Martial Arts workout.

The lads headed along to the Rising Crane Centre in Melbourne Street where they met up with David Rogers who is the Chief Instructor of Rising Crane which is Bedford’s longest running fully equipped, full time Martial arts academy.

Bedford Blues have confirmed that all but two of their home fixtures for the 2015/16 Greene King IPA Championship will take place on Saturdays with a 3pm kick-off.
 
The only league games which fall outside of the time slot will be against Rotherham Titans, which will kick off at 7.45pm on Friday 16th October, and a holiday fixture versus London Scottish on New Year’s Day at 3pm.
 

Bedford Blues Rugby Club was this week sadly informed that former player and captain George Jenkins has passed away. George, who was 99 years and 6 months at the time of his death, was actually the Club's oldest former player and oldest captain.

Between 1946-53 George made 128 appearances in the back row, scoring 37 tries and was captain of the 1950-51 squad.

Hailing from Abercarn in Wales, flanker George never forgot his time at Bedford and the Club would like to extend our sincere sympathy to his family and friends. Once a Blue, always a Blue.
 

Bedford Blues have added 21 year old Harlequins scrum half Jordan Burns to their squad for the 2015/16 Greene King IPA Championship season.

Burns, who started life playing on the wing before switching to nine, has signed a permanent deal with the Goldington Road club and has joined up with his new teammates for pre-season training.

Bedford Blues will begin the 2015/16 Greene King IPA Championship season with a trip to Bristol before welcoming Moseley to Goldington Road for the first home game of the campaign.

The full schedule of Championship fixtures was confirmed today with the Blues first home game of the season seeing Kevin Maggs bringing his Moseley team to Goldington Road on the weekend of 11th/12th/13th September before Bedford see out September with two trips on the road to London Scottish and London Welsh

Bedford Blues can now confirm that their third and final pre-season friendly ahead of the Greene King IPA Championship season will be against Pro 12 side Scarlets at Llandovery RFC.

Having already announced encounters against Ampthill, Old Albanians and Plymouth Albion, Mike Rayer’s men will head on their travels once again to Llandovery Rugby Club to face Welsh giants the Scarlets on Saturday 29th August at 2.30pm.  The Welsh region finished sixth in this season's Pro 12 to qualify for the European Challenge Cup, and will prove a stern test for the Blues ahead of the Championship season opener.

Bedford Blues have returned to pre-season training this week and the players are gearing up for a pair of intriguing friendly encounters ahead of the Greene King IPA Championship season which kicks off on the first weekend of September.

Ahead of the league opener, the Blues will take part in three matches against four teams. The first game will be a first triangular friendly at Goldington Road on Saturday 15th August against National One opposition Ampthill and National Two South Old Albanians with all three teams playing each other for  40 minutes.

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