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Bedford Blues are in for a treat this week as they finally get to run out for a game of rugby following two postponements in a row.

The Blues were set to face Ealing Trailfinders first on Valentine's Day and then the following Saturday but rotten weather and an unplayable pitch means that when Bedford face Moseley it will be their first game since 8th February.

Bedford head into the game as underdogs and felt the full force of an impressive Moseley performance when the Midlanders comfortably beat the Blues back in November.

Bedford Blues have bolstered their second row options with the capture of England Under 20s lock Harry Wells on loan from Leicester Tigers.

The Blues had been dealt a blow with the news that Ben Gulliver could face a number of weeks on the side lines after injuring his neck but have moved swiftly to bring in the 20 year old lock who has been playing at Loughborough before switching to Bedford.

The weather may have played havoc with the Blues recent Championship fixture list so as a special treat we've decided to publish the full head to head interview that featured in the programme against Bristol with Jake Sharp and Don Barrell answering the fans questions. Don't forget that you can post a question to Blues stars by emailing simon@bedfordrugby.co.uk, Tweeting us @BedfordBluesRFC or visiting us on Facebook. Enjoy!

Ealing Trailfinders’ home Greene King IPA Championship match against Bedford Blues has been rescheduled for Saturday, 15 March, kick-off 15.00.

The Blues were originally supposed to visit Vallis Way on Valentines’ Day, Friday 14 February, but both that match and the previously rescheduled fixture on Saturday 22 February were unable to go ahead after the pitch was deemed unplayable.

England’s final RSB Six Nations match against Italy in Rome will be on the big screen from 12.30, while the concluding fixture of the tournament, France v Ireland in Paris will also be shown, kick-off at 17.00.

For Bedford not to have come away with anything form this game was the biggest disappointment of the afternoon as the Blues went down 19-32 to high flying Bristol.

That said, after the opening half an hour, the Blues were lucky to still be in the game after the visitors had coming firing out the blocks to score three tries which thankfully all went unconverted by Nicky Robinson.

Bedford found their rhythm though with Eoin Sheriff scoring his first Blues try on the 31st minute before impressive youngster Aaron Morris crossed twice to see the Blues leading 19-15 thanks to two Jake Sharp conversions.

Goldington Road is certainly the place to be on Saturday afternoon to ensure that you get your regular rugby fix.

As if the visit of Bristol wasn't enough to attract the Goldingotn Road faithful through the gates, the club will also be showing all of the action from the Six Nations clash between Scotland and England straight after the Championship fixture.

Bedford were thrashed 50-6 at Headingley on Sunday afternoon by Championship high flyers Leeds who ran in six tries. The Blues could not click into gear at all on a chilly Sunday afternoon as their hosts played almost all of the quick flowing and expansive rugby. Errors, poor handling and indiscipline cost Bedford who will want to forget about this game quickly following an upturn in form of late.

They could not cross the whitewash and only had two James Pritchard penalties to show for their afternoon's work.

Bedford Blues have been instructed by the RFU in accordance with the regulations to move the Kick Off time to 5pm for their upcoming Greene King Championship match vs Rotherham Titans on Saturday 29th March.

Bedford Chairman Geoff Irvine Said “We’re not happy about it and did everything in our power to offer compromises to resolve the issue, but at the end of the day they’re the regulations and we’ve been forced to abide by them.

A couple of years ago a downpour of rain would have almost certainly put the mockers on any chance of the Blues picking up a victory but on Saturday afternoon they demonstrated exactly how to use the weather to their advantage as they came from behind to beat Nottingham 14-9.

Bedford’s kit man – and President – will have quite a job on his hands to get the jerseys sparkling clean in time for next Sunday’s trip to Leeds but I’m sure he won’t mind after the entire squad put in a hell of a shift to earn a very hard fought win.

Bedford Blues have bolstered their playing squad with the signing of former Academy player Tony Fenner from Viadana.

The 24 year old – who can play at fullback, fly half or centre - came through the ranks at Goldington Road winning Two National Colts Cup medals along the way. He played for the Blues against the Barbarians in the Mobbs Memorial match in 2009 before turning out for Rosslyn Park and helping them secure promotion to National One.

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