1st XV News

Bedford Blues returned to pre-season training on Saturday morning with the players being put through their paces at by the coaching team as preparations for the 2016/17 Championship campaign got underway.

Saturday was the first opportunity for the squad to come together at Alexander Sports Centre and as the players got acquainted with one another, they were also given the once over by Strength and Conditioning Coach Andrew Petts and his team.

Bedford Blues will be working closely once again with Premiership and European Champions Saracens next season as five promising youngsters - including three members of the England Under 20 squad - move to Goldington Road for the 2016/17 Greene King IPA Championship campaign.
 
The likes of Owen Farrell, George Kruis, Jackson Wray, James Short, and Will Fraser all gained valuable experience with the Blues before going on to make a huge impact with Saracens and the same is hoped for the current crop who will be heading up the M1 from Allianz Park.
 

Bedford Blues have bolstered their front row options with the signing of hooker George Edgson from Wasps and tighthead prop David Spelman from Cambridge University for the 2016/17 Championship season.
 
Edgson, 20, already has Championship experience having spent the second half of last season with Rotherham Titans. He also featured for National One side Blackheath and follows in the footsteps of Wasps colleagues Piers O’Conor and Alex Lundberg who joined the Blues from Wasps last season.
 

The Blues’ Followers will begin the big clear up this Saturday as they start to carry out a number of tasks every Saturday over the summer months to help tidy up Goldington Road and improve the ground in the lead up to another exciting Championship season, and they need your help!

The Club are investing significant sums again this year on a facilities project at the home of Bedford Blues in the off season, but need the support of the followers to complement the work with an array of smaller jobs including painting, weeding and general tidying, as well as some larger jobs headed up by chief Followers Phil Novis and Baz Townsend.

Chris ‘Dumper’ Bailward, who scored one of the most flamboyant tries ever seen at Twickenham, is set to pedal over 2,000 miles in aid of Sport Relief – and he’s looking for your support!

Dumper’s try, at the start of the second half in the infamous Cup Final victory in 1975, kick-started a brilliant performance in the win over Rosslyn Park, to make Bedford, captained by Budge Rogers, Champions of England. 

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