1st XV News

The Bedford Rugby Followers' Association will be running a coach to the friendly match against Pontypridd on Saturday 13th August in Blues first match of the new season.

The coach will leave the Goldington Road gates at 8am en route to South Wales. The cost is £25 for Adults and £13 for Juniors, open to all supporters for return travel.

If you would like to make the journey west please contact Followers travel coordinator Margaret Appleton on 01234 354708 as soon as possible to book your place on the coach.

The long wait is finally over as the RFU Championship fixtures for the 2016/17 season have been announced with Bedford Blues opening their account with a home game against familiar foes the Cornish Pirates at Goldington Road on Saturday 3rd September.

The following weekend will see the Blues players, coaches and fans heading off for the always enjoyable trip to Jersey to face the Reds before Mike Rayer's men welcome last season's Premiership side London Irish to Goldington Road on Saturday 17th September.

Bedford Blues have completed their first block of pre-season training by being put through their paces at Fitness First in Aspects Leisure Park.
 
The squad headed to the state of the art gym last week and made full use of the facilities - as well as the car park!
 
Under the watchful eye of Strength and Conditioning Coach Andrew Petts, the players once again accustomed themselves with the dreaded Wattbike, as well as undertaking a series of workouts in the gym as well as shoving weights in the car park.
 

Bedford Blues are thrilled to announce that Wasps duo Piers O'Conor and Alex Lundberg will both be available to the Goldington Road club for the 2016/17 Greene King IPA Championship season.

Following a hugely successful campaign, 21-year-old prop Lundberg and 20-year-old fullback O'Conor will be back with the Blues once more for the coming season.

Bedford Blues are delighted to announce the launch of a new Community Rugby Department which will deliver a range of sports projects and supply quality coaching to schools and organisations in the local area.

The department - which will be headed by a newly appointed Head of Community - has been established following close work between the Bedford Blues Board, Director of Rugby Mike Rayer and former player Matt Price who runs an organisation called Sports in Schools.

Bedford Blues are delighted to announce that centre Tom Griffiths and back rower Joel Conlon will both once again be heading to Goldington Road for the 2016/17 Greene King IPA Championship season.

Griffiths, 21, was a shining light in the Blues squad which reached the Championship semi-final and was named runner-up to Josh Buggea in the Player’s Player of the Season Award at the club dinner.

Conlon, 22, made a big impact on the field during his 14 appearances with the Blues last season and was always in the think of the action despite suffering two nasty injuries during the campaign.

After a great season on the pitch the Club have once again turned their attention to the summer ground improvement and refurbishment programme.

In 2015, following the additional RFU funding of £50,000 for the development of facilities, the Club spent over £70,000 in total to ensure both player and supporter experience met with the standards required, and this year we continue to build on that approach with a projected investment of £80,000.

The project has prioritised the following key improvements for this summer:

After a great season on the pitch the Club have once again turned their attention to the summer ground improvement and refurbishment programme.

In 2015, following the additional RFU funding of £50,000 for the development of facilities, the Club spent over £70,000 in total to ensure both player and supporter experience met with the standards required, and this year we continue to build on that approach with a projected investment of £80,000.

The project has prioritised the following key improvements for this summer:

As well as a new look squad for the 2016/17 Championship season, Bedford Blues have also welcomed two new members to the Board of Directors.
 
James Stonor and Leigh Mansell have both accepted invitations from Chairman Geoff Irvine to become Directors of the club with immediate effect.
 

Bedford Blues returned to pre-season training on Saturday morning with the players being put through their paces at by the coaching team as preparations for the 2016/17 Championship campaign got underway.

Saturday was the first opportunity for the squad to come together at Alexander Sports Centre and as the players got acquainted with one another, they were also given the once over by Strength and Conditioning Coach Andrew Petts and his team.

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