1st XV News

Bedford Blues Director of Rugby Mike Rayer is in a positive mood following training on Tuesday night as his charges prepare for the sixth and final pool game of the British & Irish Cup against Nottingham on Saturday afternoon.
 
The trip to Wales last Friday saw the Blues return with a hard-fought win, but it also came at a cost with injuries to Ollie Dodge and Harry Sheppard who could be side-lined for a few weeks after both suffered knocks to their shoulder.
 

Bedford Blues return home this weekend for a titanic battle against Nottingham in a must-win match with a British & Irish Cup Quarter Final spot at stake. Kick off is at the earlier time of 2pm so arrive early to avoid disappointment and become the Blues 16th man.

A win could cement a home knockout Cup tie which makes the match one of the most important this season following the excellent performances Mike Rayer’s men have delivered in Group A to lead the Pool ahead of reigning champions Munster.

Blues Community are pleased to announce another three-day rugby camp in February Half-Term on the 13th, 14th and 15th of next month for children of all ages at Goldington Road, click here to book your place.

The camp will be led under the ongoing coaching direction of ‘Learn to Play the Blues way’ with current first team Blues players taking some of the sessions.

Bedford Blues inched closer to the quarter finals of the British & Irish Cup with a hard fought win against the Ospreys Premier Select XV at Port Talbot on Friday night.

It wasn't the prettiest of games and it did come at a cost to the Blues in terms of injuries, but Bedford worked relentlessly to secure the win thanks to tries from Jordan Burns and Michael Le Bourgeois and kicks form Harry Sheppard and Will Hooley.

There wasn't a great deal to remember about the first 40 minutes which resembled a game of chess rather than rugby as both teams cancelled one another out.

***Bedford Blues have made two late changes to their team to face Ospreys tonight. Justin Blanchet comes in for Jack Nay at blindside flanker while Chris Czekaj replaces Matt Gallagher at fullback.***

Bedford Blues head into the fifth pool game of the British & Irish Cup looking to bounce back from a home defeat to Munster in the last round.

For the first time in many years, the Blues are picking from a fully fit squad with Mike Rayer selecting a strong 22 to travel to Aberavon for the Friday night fixture against Ospreys.

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