1st XV News

Bedford Blues were given a big workout ahead of their final three Championship fixtures as Premiership giants Northampton Saints descended on Goldington Road and duly left with a 17-52 win.

The game was never about the result for either team, but there were plenty of positives for the Blues to take away including two good tries scored by Tom James and Pat Tapley.

Speaking at the full-time whistle, the Blues returning skipper Michael Le Bourgeois said: “The boys played really well, there’s a lot of learning for us to take from it but we created some good opportunities and there’s a lot of positives to take as we head into the final few weeks of the season.

Bedford Blues have named a 25 man squad as they prepare to face near neighbours under the Friday Night Lights at Goldington Road.

Following the sad demise of London Welsh, a gap in the Blues fixture list appeared but the void was soon filled by Northampton Saints who are still pushing hard for a play-off spot in the Aviva Premiership. With a weekend off themselves, Jim Mallinder's men agreed to travel along the A428 for the much anticipated fixture.

This weekend sees the renewal of old rivalries as Bedford Blues welcome Northampton Saints for a much-anticipated Friday night lights fixture against our near neighbours (KO 7:45pm).

Mike Rayer and his counterpart Jim Mallinder are both expected to name strong squads for this Friday’s fixture, as Blues and Saints target improved finishes to the season in the GKIPA Championship and Aviva Premiership respectively.

The now annual Bedford Blues Rugby and Beer Festival takes place this weekend on Friday night and all day Saturday. Two of the town’s great institutions come together once again to host a bigger and better two dayer at Goldington Road.

While there is nothing better than watching Bedford take on Northampton Saints on the rugby field, the experience can always be improved and this weekend both sets of fans will be able to enjoy top-class rugby alongside some of the finest ales.

Bedford Blues are pleased to announce their first two new signings for the 2017/18 Greene King IPA Championship season.

The first is prop Sean McCarthy, 26, who joins the Blues from Jersey Reds where he was on his second spell with the club having joined Leinster for the 2014-15 season. McCarthy has represented Ireland at Under 18 level and previously played for Worcester Warriors before heading to Jersey for his first stint at the club in 2012.

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