1st XV News

The Blues return home this Friday night under the lights as they welcome London Scottish to Goldington Road in another pivotal Championship encounter (KO 19:45).

Buoyed by last weekend’s bonus point victory over fellow Exiles, London Welsh, Mike Rayer’s men will be looking for another improved performance against Peter Richard’s side, who will be hurting from their previous outing in a defeat to close rivals Richmond.

Bedford Blues Community are pleased to announce a new partner for the remaining school holiday rugby camps this season in Heroic Pubs who run pubs in Houghton Conquest and Aspley Guise.

The Blues Community Department, only started in August 2016, has gone from strength to strength in a short period under Head of Community, Ben Gulliver, and is due to launch a Christmas rugby camp shortly. Check the website for details.

Bedford Blues put in a huge performance at Old Deer Park on Saturday afternoon to pick up a valuable bonus point win over an in-form London Welsh.

The turnaround in the performance from the disappointing outing against Nottingham a fortnight ago was clear for all to see as the Blues fought valiantly from start to finish and crossed the whitewash four times including twice in the final two minutes of the game.

Bedford Blues chairman Geoff Irvine was awarded a lifetime achievement award at the Bedfordshire Business Awards that took place on Thursday night. 

The ceremony, which was held at Bedford Corn Exchange, celebrated the very best of businesses from across the county with 14 businesses, business leaders and employees being recognised for their hard work.

But the highlight of the evening came when Mr Irvine, who along with being chairman of Bedford Blues has also been a master of industry in the county since the 1960s, was presented with the  prestigious honour.

Bedford Blues return to Championship action this Saturday with a trip to Old Deer Park to face London Welsh in a high noon showdown.

Two narrow defeats have meant that the Blues currently lie in 11th position in the Greene King IPA Championship, and another tough encounter is expected this weekend when the two old foes go head-to-head again.

Bedford make six changes to the team that tasted a home defeat to Nottingham a fortnight ago with Piers O'Conor, George Perkins, Tom Griffiths, Myles Dorrian and Tom Whiteley all starting in the backs while Ed Taylor is the only change to the pack.

Bedford Blues are delighted to announce the signing of experienced hooker Dan George from National One side Blackheath.

The 30 year old comes straight into the Blues squad following a mini injury crisis at Goldington Road which has seen Sam James ruled out with a dislocated shoulder while George Edgson picked up a knee injury recently while on duty with Wasps .

Following a week off, the Blues players have been back in camp working hard ahead of tests against London Welsh away this Saturday before a return to Goldington Road next Friday night versus London Scottish.

Backs Coach, Paul Larkin, talked exclusively to the Club website this week as the coaching staff target improvements in both attack and defence to unlock an improving Exiles outfit this weekend.

Larkin said: “The lads have returned in a positive frame of mind and can’t wait to get back out there this Saturday. There’s no denying it’s been a tough start and we’ve lost the games by such a narrow margin which has in some ways made it more frustrating.

It was to be a frustrating afternoon at Goldington Road as Bedford Blues tasted defeat against Nottingham with an 80th minute Darryl Veenendaal conversion winning it for the Green and Whites.

The Blues, in truth, were fortunate to be ahead at that point in the game after a disappointing end to the first 40 minutes and a miserable start to the second half second half had seen the visitors come from 22-0 down to lead 22-29. Tom James and Piers O’Conor crossed in the final ten minutes to give the Blues a slender lead before Tobias Freeman galloped over and former Blue Veenendaal sealed the win.

*The Blues have been forced to make a late change as Myles Dorrian is ruled out of today's game with an injury. He's replaced on the bench by Jason Hill.

Bedford Blues make a welcome return to Goldington Road this weekend with the expectation of plenty of fireworks on the pitch as Nottingham pay a visit in the Greene King IPA Championship.

Games between the Blues and Nottingham are much anticipated and full-bloodied affairs with both teams happy to play the conditions while looking for the opportunity to throw the ball around.

Bedford Blues are hoping for Fireworks on Friday night and Saturday afternoon, on the pitch that is, as Nottingham Rugby arrive for a pivotal clash with both sides needing a win to lift them up the Championship table this Saturday at Goldington Road (KO 3pm).

Blues and their visitors, the Green and Whites, lay near the bottom of the standings, but with only six points separating 11th from the play-off spots there is still plenty of time for a mount a challenge towards the top, and a win this Saturday would certainly help.

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