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Bedford Blues did their bit for the fans to ensure that everyone has a very Merry Christmas by running in seven tries during a 50-12 rout over Connacht Eagles in the British & Irish Cup.

James Short and Nick Fenton-Wells both crossed the line twice while Corey Hircock, Charlie Clare and Patrick Tapley all scored with James Pritchard and Jake Sharp sharing kicking duties hitting eight and seven points respectively.

The performance was far different from last weekend when the Blues were guilty of leaving too many points out on the field, as they opened the scoring in the 2nd minute and secured the bonus point after 30.

Bedford Blues rugby captain James Pritchard was this week crowned Outstanding Achiever at the Bedford Sports Awards which were held on Monday December 9.

Hundreds of players and organisers from across a wealth of sports attended the prestigious event at Bedford Corn Exchange and Skippy picked up his award following an outstanding year which has seen him succeed in passing Gareth Rees’ total of 491 to become the leading point scorer in Canadian Rugby.

Dodgeball player Charlotte Porteous was named Adult Sports Personality of the Year.

Rayer rues missed chances as Blues suffer cup defeat at Connacht With Thanks to Bedfordshire on Sunday, Written byDAN PALMER

Bedford Blues Director of Rugby Mike Rayer was left to rue wasted opportunities as his side came away with nothing from today’s British & Irish Cup clash at Connacht Eagles.  The return fixture is this Saturday at Goldington Road with an EARLY 2pm Kick Off.

Rayer’s men made the journey across the Irish Sea to Galway but were beaten 17-8 and left without even a losing bonus point after a game they should have won.

Bedford Blues make the trip over to Ireland for this weekend's B&I Cup clash with Connaught knowing that continuity is key as they step into the unknown.

Following the Blues 28-26 win over Championship leaders London Welsh last weekend, Bedford make just two changes to the starting line-up with Darryl Veenendaal starting at scrum half and Phil Boulton coming into the front row.

There is also a place on the bench for Argentinian prop Tomas Gilardon Paz and young number 9 Ben Calder.

Congratulations to Academy winger/full back Aaron Morris who has been selected to start for the England U18 side that take on Australia Schools at Harrow School on Wednesday December 4 (kick-off 1.00pm) streamed lived on RFU.com and youtube.com/officialrfutv.

Morris, who played for the England U18 Clubs & Schools XV earlier this year, has now been selected for the full England U18 squad, and is the only non Premiership Academy player in the squad.

Bedford Blues fans will have the chance to complete all of their Christmas shopping when the Blues Shop moves into the town centre on Wednesday 11th December.

The Blues will be donning their best Del Boy sheepskin jackets and opening their suitcases in front of Marks & Spencer.

Not only will there be plenty of perfect Christmas gifts on sale for everyone in the family, but if you spend over £30 on merchandise at the market stall you will also be given a ticket (worth £18) to the Blues British & Irish Cup game against Rotherham Titans on 18th January 2014 absolutely FREE!!!

Wow... It's not very often you can say it, but wow!

After an impressive second half against Plymouth last weekend Bedford Blues put in a monumental performance to beat league leaders London Welsh at Goldington Road.

Young winger Patrick Tapley rounded off his man of the match performance with a first half brace while replacement Jake Sharp hurtled half the pitch to score the all-important try and Mike Le Bourgeois kicked 13 points.

Bedford Blues new prop Tomas Gilardon Paz has landed in the UK, has already made himself at home at Goldington Road and is itching to get his Blues career underway.

Just hours after stepping off the plane from New York, the Argentinian international was in the club’s kit room to be measured up for his new attire.

Tomas, who stands at six feet one inch tall and tips the scales at 19 stone, moves to Bedford from Buenos Aries side San Isidros whose most famous player was Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara.

Bedford Blues are pleased to announce the signing of Argentina international prop Tomas Gilardon Paz.

The 24 year old, who stands at six feet one inch tall and tips the scales at 19 stone, has most recently been playing rugby San Isidros in Buenos Aries.

The prop, who studied at the Universidad del Salvador, picked up three caps for his country during the spring.

Movember is coming to an end and what better way to celebrate the month than by joining Bedford Blues for a party following the conclusion of the Greene King IPA Championship game against London Welsh.

And to ensure that as many Mo Bros as possible are at the game – the Blues are offering 2-for-1 entry to any gent sporting some splendid facial hair on the afternoon.

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