1st XV News

Bedford Blues will be opening its gates this Sunday 26th April to some of the most talented young rugby players in the country as Goldington Road plays host to the Under 19s 10-a-side tournament.

The invitational competition is designed to showcase the player development work being carried out across a number of Championship clubs as well as giving the lads something competitive to focus on as the season comes to a close.

Bedford Blues were unfortunate to lose their final away game of the season on Saturday, a 25-19 defeat at Castle Park against Doncaster Knights, writes Ryan Lewis of Bedford Times & Citizen.

The Blues matched their hosts in the try count, with both sides scoring three apiece but two Dougie Flockhart penalties were the difference between two teams that have been leapfrogging each other in the standings throughout the season.

Bedford Blues will be aiming to finish their Championship campaign on a high note when they head to Castle Park to face Doncaster Knights for a fourth time this season.

The Knights won both games in the British & Irish Cup but the first league encounter at Goldington Road went the way of the Blues, 35-29, despite the visitors leading 23-9 at the interval.

Just two days after Bedford Blues named five players who will be running up the slope at Goldington Road next season, the club are delighted to be able to double that list.

Paul Tupai and Tom Williams have both agreed new contracts while Myles Dorrian returns on a two year deal and he will be joined by Irish lock Mark Flanagan and talented young prop Jack Culverhouse.

The annual Bedford Blues Touch League will be returning to Biddenham Upper School on Wednesday 6th May and we are looking for extra teams in this exciting revamped competition.

Touch rugby is one of the fastest growing sports in the UK with England even sending teams to the Touch World Cup taking place in Australia at the end of April.

The league, which has been running for fifteen years, has seen many different teams take part from local rugby clubs; Bedford Swifts and Bedford Athletic, to Cranfield University and regulars from the village of Carlton with new teams joining every year.

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