1st XV News

Martin Haag insists his Championship XV showed off the league's quality after they battled back from behind at Sixways to clinch a thrilling 28-23 victory against international opposition in Canada.

The Championship first combined to take on the Maori All Blacks in 2012 and while that match ended in a 52-21 defeat, this game was anything but one-sided.

Kyle Gilmour and Gordon McRorie tries gave the Canadians the advantage in the first half, though London Scottish's Mark Bright did trundle through for the hosts.

Championship XV coaches Martin Haag and Kevin Maggs have confirmed their starting line-up ahead of Sunday's fixture against Canada at Sixways Stadium, kick-off 3.15pm, with Blues captain Nick Fenton-Wells starting against former captain James Pritchard.

In the backline Moseley Rugby find strong centre representation in Will Owen and Greg King, flanked by Rotherham's Michael Keating and Miles Mantella of London Scottish on the wings. Jack Tovey starts at full-back, while Lawrence Rayner is selected at fly-half. Tom Kessell completes the backs at scrum-half.

The RFU and Worcester Warriors will launch a Flash Sale on Wednesday morning from 8am to Thursday evening at 5pm for all supporters to purchase tickets for this Sunday’s  Championship XV v Canada match at Sixways for just £7.50 via the club website.

The Championship XV concept will be reignited following its 2012 success against the Maori All Blacks. The best English qualified XV from across the league will face Canada in a showpiece game highlighting the talent on offer in the second tier, providing a unique international experience for players and spectators alike.

Bedford Blues would like to thank everyone who was involved and attended Ladies Day 2014 at Goldington Road last week in helping make it another memorable occasion and raising £3,792.14 for Cancer Research UK.

The 2,425 people through the gates particularly helped make last Saturday a huge success in supporting such a great cause through donation, beauty treatments, hospitality, raffles and another great auction with our MC Sam Roberts.

A strong second half performance wasn’t enough for Bedford Blues as they lost 36-20 in the British and Irish Cup at pool four leaders Doncaster Knights on Saturday afternoon, writes Ryan Lewis of the Bedford Times & Citizen.

The defeat leaves Bedford nine points adrift of Doncaster, who have a maximum of 15 points in the pool and look favourites to qualify for the quarter-finals.

The Blues made a number of changes off the back of the last minute defeat to Cross Keys last week, with only eight players retaining their place in the starting XV and in contrast to last week’s strong start, it was Bedford’s turn to fall behind early on.

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