1st XV News

Bedford Blues have named their squad to take on Premiership and European Champions Saracens at Goldington Road on Friday night.
 
The game, which kicks off at 7.45pm, will be the first chance for Blues fans to see the new squad in action at Goldington Road while also having the opportunity to see both the Premiership and European Cups on display when Saracens pay a visit.
 
Bedford racked up a convincing 66-14 win over Pontypridd last weekend but they know that a much tougher challenge awaits them on Friday night.

The Club are pleased to announce further details of this season's ‘Meet the Players’ evening which will be held on Thursday 25th August from 6pm at Goldington Road, exclusively for 2016-17 Season Ticket holders.
 
The new incentive was again included in the Season Ticket package following the success of last season's inaugural session with an early chance to hear the views of the Director of Rugby Mike Rayer, new captain Michael Le Bourgeois and other selected players ahead of the Championship campaign.
 

The Blues arrive back at Goldington Road this Friday night for the opening home match of the season against European and English Champions Saracens as rugby returns to Bedford with a bang (Kick Off 19:45).

Fresh from a very successful pre-season training camp in Cardiff with a healthy 66-14 victory against Pontypridd, Mike Rayer’s men will be targeting another good performance versus the sizeable task Mark McCall’s troops will deliver.

The Club would like to extend their thanks to Georgia Nash who has helped raise funds for a new permanent defibrillator in the Eagle Bar at Goldington Road.

Whilst the Club hope supporters will not have a need for it, the defib device, which gives a high energy electric shock to the heart to someone who is in cardiac arrest, has proved a lifesaving addition to many sporting grounds around the UK.

The Blues Medical team already have one pitchside and the on-site Ambulance is more than well equipped, but to have a permanent defib at Goldington Road all-year round is a welcome addition.

97 days on from the Championship play-off semi-final defeat to Bristol, Bedford Blues were back in action in preparation for the coming campaign as they defeated Welsh Principality side Pontypridd 14-66 on Saturday afternoon.

The Blues, who were fielding 12 new faces in the match day squad, ran in ten tries during the course of the game with Pat Tapley securing a hat-trick, debutant scrum half Tom James scored a brace while Jacob Fields, Elliot Clements-Hill, Jordan Burns, Jason Hill and Jack Culverhouse all crossed the whitewash. Myles Dorrian converted five of the tries with Jake Sharp chipping over three more.

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