1st XV News

Bedford Blues have discovered a gem in George Perkins, and fly-half Jake Sharp is happy to take some of the credit.

Saracens teenager Perkins arrived at Bedford this summer and hit the ground running, crossing over for two tries as they beat Bristol 29-23 at Ashton Gate in the opening round of the Greene King IPA Championship.

A 100m national schools champion at the age of 15, sprinter-turned-full-back Perkins impressed during this year’s Under-20 Six Nations and scored the winning try against France that handed his country the title.

Bedford Blues have snapped up New Zealand hooker Nathan Vella on a short term deal following the ankle injury suffered by Sam James last week.
New signing James fractured his ankle while preparing for the game against Bristol last weekend and is facing several weeks on the side lines.
Vella will be a familiar name to the Championship having previously helped London Welsh gain promotion to the Premiership in the 2013/14 season before representing the Exiles last season.

Bedford Blues return to Goldington Road this Saturday 12th September for the first home Championship fixture of the season against long term rivals Moseley (Kick Off 3pm).

Following a stand out performance in the opening round of the season to defeat Bristol 23-29, spirits in the squad are high with the players champing at the bit to run out in front of the Bedford faithful.

Bedford Blues kicked off their Greene King IPA Championship season in the best possible fashion on Sunday afternoon as the Bristol 23-29 at Ashton Gate.

A brace of tries for George Perkins on his competitive debut along with one apiece for Jake Sharp and Dean Adamson did the damage as Bedford picked up all five points despite a late fight back from the hosts.

Things may have looked ominous for the Blues early on when they were reduced to 14 men in the second minute after Henry Staff was binned for kicking the ball out of Will Cliff’s hands at the back of a ruck. Adrian Jarvis duly slotted home the resulting penalty to make it 3-0.

Bedford Blues have included two debutants in their team that heads to face Bristol at Ashton Gate on Sunday afternoon.

Bedford Director of Rugby Mike Rayer gives first competitive starts in a Blues shirt to dual registered Saracens winger George Perkins and lock Mark Flanagan who joined the club from Mont-de-Marsan.

It’s time to dust down the clubs, give the shoes a polish, and practice your wave to the crowd as you recover your ball from the hole as Bedford Blues prepare to host their annual golf day.

This year’s event will take place on Wednesday 7th October at the Beds & County Golf Club in Clapham.

The event will consist of a four man team competition with the top four teams all scooping a prize along with the individual with the longest drive and nearest the pin, there's even a booby prize for those not meeting the cut.

The online ticketing system is now up and running for the new season with Bedford Blues fans able to buy advanced discounted tickets via the website for all Greene King IPA Championship and British & Irish Cup fixtures from their PC,  smartphone or tablet.

The Blues capped off their pre-season campaign with an impressive 13-27 win over Welsh Giants the Scarlets at Llandovery's Church Bank on Saturday afternoon.

Despite trailing 13-5 at the interval, Mike Rayer’s men put in a big performance to oversee the Pro12 region with tries coming courtesy of Joel Conlon, Mark Flanagan, Dean Adamson and Paul Tupai.

Just as important though was the physicality displayed by the Blues along with a staunch defence that limited the chances available to the hosts - something that Bedford will be eager to carry on once the Greene King IPA Championship season kicks off next weekend.

The Club are pleased to announce further details on the special ‘Meet the Players’ evening on Thursday 3rd September from 6pm at Goldington Road, exclusively for Season Ticket holders.

The new incentive was this year included in your Season Ticket package with an early chance to hear the views of the Director of Rugby, captain and other selected players ahead of the 2015-16 campaign.

A fans’ forum will follow the end of training at 7pm, but supporters will have a chance to mingle with the new recruits and existing Blues players between 6pm – 8pm. The players will also be modelling the new away jersey.

Bedford Blues head off to Wales this weekend to complete their pre-season fixture list with a tricky tie against Pro 12 giants the Scarlets on Saturday afternoon.

Mike Rayer’s men will be making their way to Llandovery RFC’s Church Bank Playing Fields to take on one of the biggest teams in Wales rugby and a side who defeated Championship rival Jersey 40-27 last weekend.

The Blues take a squad of 26 players across the Brecon Beacons but will be without skipper Nick Fenton-Wells who has suffered a back spasm while Hayden Thompson-Stringer misses out with a hip injury.



Next Home Match

Saturday 5th December
1st XV Championship
Goldington Road