1st XV News

Bedford Blues have discovered a gem in George Perkins, and fly-half Jake Sharp is happy to take some of the credit.

Saracens teenager Perkins arrived at Bedford this summer and hit the ground running, crossing over for two tries as they beat Bristol 29-23 at Ashton Gate in the opening round of the Greene King IPA Championship.

A 100m national schools champion at the age of 15, sprinter-turned-full-back Perkins impressed during this year’s Under-20 Six Nations and scored the winning try against France that handed his country the title.

Bedford Blues have snapped up New Zealand hooker Nathan Vella on a short term deal following the ankle injury suffered by Sam James last week.
New signing James fractured his ankle while preparing for the game against Bristol last weekend and is facing several weeks on the side lines.
Vella will be a familiar name to the Championship having previously helped London Welsh gain promotion to the Premiership in the 2013/14 season before representing the Exiles last season.

Bedford Blues return to Goldington Road this Saturday 12th September for the first home Championship fixture of the season against long term rivals Moseley (Kick Off 3pm).

Following a stand out performance in the opening round of the season to defeat Bristol 23-29, spirits in the squad are high with the players champing at the bit to run out in front of the Bedford faithful.

Bedford Blues kicked off their Greene King IPA Championship season in the best possible fashion on Sunday afternoon as the Bristol 23-29 at Ashton Gate.

A brace of tries for George Perkins on his competitive debut along with one apiece for Jake Sharp and Dean Adamson did the damage as Bedford picked up all five points despite a late fight back from the hosts.

Things may have looked ominous for the Blues early on when they were reduced to 14 men in the second minute after Henry Staff was binned for kicking the ball out of Will Cliff’s hands at the back of a ruck. Adrian Jarvis duly slotted home the resulting penalty to make it 3-0.

Bedford Blues have included two debutants in their team that heads to face Bristol at Ashton Gate on Sunday afternoon.

Bedford Director of Rugby Mike Rayer gives first competitive starts in a Blues shirt to dual registered Saracens winger George Perkins and lock Mark Flanagan who joined the club from Mont-de-Marsan.



Next Home Match

Saturday 5th December
1st XV Championship
Goldington Road