1st XV News

It's the final game of the regular season but the start of a trilogy as Bedford Blues prepare to face Bristol in the first of their three Greene King IPA Championship matches.
Having secured fourth place in the league, the Blues will now face Bristol twice in the play-off semi-final, but first of all they complete the regular season by hosting the league leaders in round 22.

Bedford Blues have continued preparations for the 2016/17 Greene King IPA Championship season with the signing of two new players and the re-signing of two current squad members.

Making their way to Goldington Road in the summer will be back rower Ben Adams and versatile forward Ed Taylor, while props Camilo Parilli-Ocampo and Jack Culverhouse have put pen-to-paper on new deals.

Fresh off the back of securing a Championship play-off semi-final the Blues return home this Saturday for a St George’s Day celebration in front of our loyal home supporters as Bedford face Bristol for the first of three meetings in three weeks in our End of Season Family Party (KO 3pm).

This weekend’s match is quickly becoming a game of chess as everyone is guessing which Bristol side will turn out as the promotion favourites arrive in Bedford intent on levelling this year’s record having lost twice to the Blues and won just once.

Mike Rayer’s men have confirmed fourth spot in the Championship and will play their semi-final first leg at home on Sunday 1 May (KO 3.15pm) against Bristol Rugby.

The Blues will then travel away to Ashton Gate on Sunday 8 May (KO 3:15pm) in the second play-off semi-final leg. Both matches will be screened live on Sky Sports.

Tickets for the match at Goldington Road will be on sale later this afternoon with further details for Season Ticket holders, hospitality options and advance discounted tickets to be announced shortly.

Bedford Blues booked their place in the Championship play-off semi-finals after picking up a losing bonus point in a narrow defeat against second-placed Doncaster Knights at Castle Park writes Beds on Sunday.

Jersey's failure to beat Ealing Trailfinders meant that they can't overtake the Blues irrespective of the results on the final day of the regular season next weekend.

The Blues will go into their final league game against Bristol having lost four of their last six league games, but they will take heart from this spirited showing against a Doncaster side beaten just twice at home in the league.



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Saturday 5th November
1st XV Championship
Goldington Road