1st XV News

Bedford Blues inched closer to the quarter finals of the British & Irish Cup with a hard fought win against the Ospreys Premier Select XV at Port Talbot on Friday night.

It wasn't the prettiest of games and it did come at a cost to the Blues in terms of injuries, but Bedford worked relentlessly to secure the win thanks to tries from Jordan Burns and Michael Le Bourgeois and kicks form Harry Sheppard and Will Hooley.

There wasn't a great deal to remember about the first 40 minutes which resembled a game of chess rather than rugby as both teams cancelled one another out.

***Bedford Blues have made two late changes to their team to face Ospreys tonight. Justin Blanchet comes in for Jack Nay at blindside flanker while Chris Czekaj replaces Matt Gallagher at fullback.***

Bedford Blues head into the fifth pool game of the British & Irish Cup looking to bounce back from a home defeat to Munster in the last round.

For the first time in many years, the Blues are picking from a fully fit squad with Mike Rayer selecting a strong 22 to travel to Aberavon for the Friday night fixture against Ospreys.

Bedford Blues sends congratulations to former committee member and lifelong supporter Tom Bullerwell on his 100th birthday this Sunday 7th January.

Tom was born in Rowlands Gill, a little village outside Newcastle in 1918. He attended Dame Allan’s School where he played for the 1st XV, before going on to play in the centres for Blaydon. He played in the unbeaten side of 1945/46 before taking up a job with East Africa Airlines in Kenya.

Serving in the Signals Division in the 8th Army in World War II, Tom attained the rank of Sergeant and was awarded the Military Medal by his Majesty King George VI on the 31st March 1945.

Bedford Blues are delighted to learn that fly half Will Hooley has been called up to the USA squad which will compete in the Americas Rugby Championship (ARC) in February.

The announcement of Will's inclusion to the Eagles travelling squad was made today (Thursday 4th January) by Head Coach and former Worcester Warriors, Natal Sharks, Bath and Newcastle supremo, Gary Gold.

Cambridge born Will, who joined Bedford in the summer from Exeter Chiefs, qualifies for USA through his grandmother who was born and raised in Hollywood, California.

Watch Northampton Saints Academy take on their Worcester Warriors counterparts this Saturday 6th January at Goldington Road in the Premiership Rugby U18 Academy League (KO 1pm).

Checkout some of the stars of tomorrow at the home of Bedford rugby as we host Saints Under 18s with free entry for all. Gates open to the public from 12 noon.

The Saints' Academy has long been considered the blue-print for English club rugby, consistently producing players capable of playing professional rugby ever since and the Blues are delighted to welcome this weekend as part of our partnership with our East Midlands neighbours.

Bedford Blues suffered an agonising defeat to high-flying Ealing Trailfinders as they went down 23-24 in front of a bumper 3401 fans at Goldington Road on Saturday afternoon.

Bedford were in the ascendancy at the interval thanks to an 18-0 lead courtesy of tries from Mike Le Bourgeois and Dean Adamson with Harry Sheppard kicking eight points, but after the break the visitors regathered to cut the lead to 18-17 before Alex Rae crashed over to make it a six point game. Sadly, Ealing crossed for a converted score and there was to be no fireworks as a last-gasp drop goal attempt from Will Hooley pulled wide of the posts.

Bedford Blues will be looking to end 2017 on a high when they welcome Ealing Trailfinders to Goldington Road on Saturday afternoon.

With the year coming to an end, the Blues are hoping that a bumper crowd will be on hand to help them take on high-flying Ealing in this second versus third clash.

When the two teams met in West London earlier in the season, the game started in sparkling fashion but Bedford's discipline let them down in the second half with the hosts running away with things to win 45-25.

Don't miss the big festive fixture against fellow top four side Ealing Trailfinders at Goldington Road as Bedford Blues seek to end 2017 in style on Sat 30 Dec (KO 3pm).

The Blues have been in impressive league form, but will need a strong 16th man supporting them against the current second-best team in the Championship. Save £4 and buy tickets online before the match day here.

Madness, madness, they call it madness… And that's exactly what it was on Saturday afternoon as Bedford Blues drew at London Scottish 52-52.

While there will be plenty of attacking plaudits, the Blues were left bitterly disappointed with their defensive display which shipped seven tries over the course of the afternoon.

“I've never played in a game like this,” said Blues player coach Lee Dickson after the final whistle. “You can't expect to win a game of rugby conceding 52 points. Credit to the boys for coming back into it and getting that penalty try at the end, but we've got to take a long hard look at ourselves as defensively we were appalling today.

Bedford Blues will be looking for some festive cheer on Saturday afternoon as they head to the Richmond Athletic Ground to face London Scottish in the GreeneKing IPA Championship.

As the second half of the season gets underway, the battle hardened Blues are looking forward to getting back to League action after two really physical encounters versus Munster ‘A’ in the B & I Cup.

When the Blues welcomed the Exiles to Goldington Road in Round Two of the competition, Bedford ran in six tries to pick up a 44-26 win but Scottish fought back towards the end of the game to pick up a four try bonus point.

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