1st XV News

New signing and flanker Justin Blanchet has spent the first two Championship matches of the season on the sidelines due to injury, but is itching to be back in contention in the weeks to come with the firm belief that there are exciting things ahead from the recently formed Blues unit.

After tasting defeat for a second time this season, Bedford Blues are attempting to bounce back against current league leaders London Scottish this Saturday at the Athletic Ground (Kick Off 3pm), and Blanchet fully expects an improved performance giving the fact they are gelling together each day and buying into new systems.

In May of this year Bedford Blues Chairman, Geoff Irvine announced he would be standing down from his positon as Chairman of the Club at the end of the 2015/16 season in a meeting of interested parties.

When the announcement was made a group was formed to take a look from outside the Club at the future of rugby in Bedford and how the club was managed.

Bedford based brewery and pub company Charles Wells has announced that it will be renewing its long-running partnership with Bedford Blues in a new and improved three year deal.  

As two great local institutions intrinsically linked to the town, Charles Wells and Bedford Blues have been working together for several decades with supporters cheering on the town’s team with a pint of some of Bedford’s finest beers. 

Bedford Blues had hoped to hit the ground running in front of the Goldington Road faithful but unfortunately Rotherham had decided to pick up where they left off last season.

The Blues tasted defeat against the Titans four times during the Championship and British & Irish Cup last term and sadly that record extended to 5 and 0 on Saturday.

The Yorkshire side ran in eight tries during the 15-42 rout and had it not been for a woeful kicking display from James McKinney – that score line could have been far worse for Bedford.

Bedford Blues will be launching a Guest Ale this Saturday against Rotherham Titans in the Eagle Bar and every month thereafter in partnership with local brewers Charles Wells.

Goldington Road will be introducing a brand new guest ale series, which kicks off this weekend with Wells Waggle Dance, available only in the former Members’ Bar and while stocks last.

The Club hopes supporters will enjoy the additional choice and quality of another Bedford brewed beer which if successful will become a lasting feature on the Blues pumps throughout the season.

Despite an opening day defeat away to Nottingham last Friday, there will be no wallowing for the Bedford Blues squad who aim to use the result to spur them on in their first home game of the season against Rotherham Titans on Saturday.

The game in Nottingham saw the Blues beaten 19-10 however, forwards coach Martin Hynes says that there are plenty of positives to be drawn from the performance and it has given the players something to work on for the visit of Rotherham and the season ahead.

Sixways Stadium, home of Worcester Warriors, will host a Championship XV fixture against Canada on November 2, with the Championship squad led by Martin Haag and assisted by Kevin Maggs.

In a new addition to the fixture calendar, the Championship XV concept will be reignited following its 2012 success against the Maori All Blacks. The best XV from across the league will face Canada at Sixways Stadium in a showpiece game highlighting the talent on offer in the second tier, while providing a unique international experience for players and spectators alike.

James Pritchard’s testimonial year will kick-off with a black tie dinner in the Blues Marquee at Goldington Road on Friday October 10 in aid of NSPCC, which will be Skippy’s partnered charity for the year ahead.

The evening will be hosted by Bedford Blues former Club announcer Sam Roberts and will include a 4-course meal with guest speaker and former England international Gareth Chilcott.

Bedford Blues started their Championship campaign with a 19-10 defeat away at Nottingham on Friday night. A debut try in the first half from Tom Williams wasn’t enough for victory as the boot of Will Maisey kicked 14 points for Nottingham. However the first half was overshadowed by a horrific injury to Nathan Earle, with the 19-year-old winger having to be stretchered off with a suspected snapped Achilles.

James Pritchard kicked off for the Blues at Meadow Lane, with both teams looking to gain territory early on via a kicking game. Nottingham though won that battle early on and laid down a marker for how most of the match was to be contested.

At the Greene King IPA Championship launch on Wednesday afternoon, new Bedford Blues skipper Nick Fenton-Wells shared his view on last season and insists that his side can regain their top four status this season and push for promotion to the Premiership.

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