1st XV News

This week has seen a major change to the Greene King IPA Championship with the news that London Welsh have ceased to exist as a professional club after being refused permission to stay in the league by the RFU.

The Blues home fixture against London Welsh, scheduled for Friday 17th March, is now cancelled. However, Bedford Rugby Club are currently exploring all avenues to find a suitable quality replacement fixture on the same evening.

Currently in contact with a number of options, Bedford are confident of arranging an alternative fixture and still hosting a two-day rugby and beer festival on that weekend.

Whilst the New Year seems a long while back, this Saturday the Blues run out at Goldington Road for their first Championship game of 2017 against play-off hopefuls Doncaster Knights (KO 3pm).

Two poor Cup results have left Mike Rayer’s men hungry for a good performance against a very strong Knights side, currently sitting third in the table after reaching last season’s play-off final and narrowly missing out on promotion to Bristol.

Bedford Blues British & Irish Cup campaign fizzled out on Saturday afternoon as Mike Rayer's men went down 15-12 to the Newport Gwent Dragons Premiership Select XV.

A disruptive afternoon saw the game being shifted from The Bridge Field at Bedwas to the Dragons' Ystrad Mynach training ground due to the pitch being still frozen in places and not safe to play. The kick off at the new ground was delayed to 4.30pm with the Blues travelling from 6:30am.

Bedford Blues have named their team to head to South Wales on Saturday afternoon for the final British & Irish Cup group game against the Dragons Select XV.

While neither team can progress to the quarter-final stage, Mike Rayer's men will be looking to put in a big performance before attention turns back to the Greene King IPA Championship season next weekend.

Bedford make a host of changes for the game at Bedwas with Michael Le Bourgeois, Dean Adamson, Myles Dorrian and Jordan Burns returning to the backs while Jacob Fields, Christian Judge, Paul Tupai, Ed Taylor and Josh Buggea start up front.

Starting line-up:

Bedford Blues Community are delighted to announce another three-day rugby camp in February Half-Term on the 14th, 15th and 16th of next month with a special early bird and late leaver offer via our new community booking portal.

It’s all go in the community team with a host of camps set up for the coming holidays, the first of which this February will deliver a hands-on rugby experience again at Goldington Road.

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