1st XV News

Less than 24 hours after the annual fireworks extravaganza, Bedford Blues will be hoping for an even bigger display on the pitch when they welcome second placed Yorkshire Carnegie to Goldington Road on Saturday afternoon.

Games against Carnegie are always tough as shown last season when just five points separated the two teams as Bedford picked up a 15-10 victory at home. The corresponding fixture at Headingley also went the way of the home team with Carnegie taking the spoils 15-8.

Bedford Blues have been dealt a blow to their front row after tighthead prop James Currie was ruled out for up to three months following ankle surgery.

Currie, 25, had been in fine form this season but suffered a knock to his ankle during the first half of the Blues 46-28 win over Rotherham Titans on Friday 16th October which forced him off the field.

The former Bath Academy and Worcester man had a scan carried out which revealed that he had suffered a rupture of his retinaculum and has also split the tendon and he underwent surgery last week.

Bedford Blues return home this Saturday 7th November ready to make Goldington Road a fortress as they take on promotion hunting Yorkshire Carnegie in their first home match in three weeks.

Mike Rayer’s troops have enjoyed a strong start to the season, narrowly defeating Ealing Trailfinders last time out to elevate their league table position to fourth, but they will be expecting a very tough challenge against Bryan Redpath’s men who currently lie second in the standings.

There’s only one week to go until Bedford Blues’ annual firework extravaganza next Friday 6th November, tickets are selling quickly and are available online through the website or from the Club Shop at Goldington Road between 10am-4pm Monday to Friday.

Gates and bars open next Friday for the Fireworks Display and Funfair at 6pm, leaving plenty of time to take a wander around the ground and soak up the family atmosphere at this traditional town event including a variety of rides and activities in the Funfair village setup up at the back end of Goldington Road.

Bedford Blues have just been informed that their British & Irish Cup match against the Scarlets Select side that was supposed to kick-off at 2.30pm on Saturday 14th November will now take place the following day - Sunday 15th November - with a 3pm kick-off.

The match has been moved so that Welsh broadcaster S4C can show the game live on Sunday afternoon.

We understand that this may cause some inconvenience for our travelling supporters who have already planned their trip but we have only just been informed of the decision to change the fixture.

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