1st XV News

With Rugby World Cup 2015 starting this Friday with the opening ceremony and England v Fiji at Twickenham, why not share it with fellow Blues fans by watching the games at Goldington Road, surrounded by friends, fellow supporters and most importantly, ‘Happy Hour’ drinks prices.

Beginning this Friday 18th September, you can catch the below World Cup matches live on the screens at your rugby club:

Bedford Blues made it two out of two in the Greene King IPA Championship when they beat Moseley 38-32 on Saturday afternoon.

Games between the close rivals are normally high scoring and this was no exception with ten tries in total being run in – six to the Blues and four to the visitors.  

Sam Blanchet, Ollie Dodge, Harry Wells, Jordan Burns and Paul Tupai all scored while Jake Sharp also crossed the whitewash as well as converting  four times.

Having gotten their season off to the best possible start, Bedford Blues will be looking to build on their opening round win when Moseley pay a visit to Goldington Road on Saturday afternoon.

Bedford Director of Rugby Mike Rayer has been forced into a number of changes to the squad that beat Bristol at Ashton Gate last Sunday with Jordan Burns and Sam Blanchet both getting starting debuts while Nick Fenton-Wells, Harry Wells, Tom Williams and Ollie Dodge all making their first starts of the season.

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.

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