1st XV News

Bedford Blues are delighted to announce that Northampton Saints will be paying a visit to Goldington Road on Friday 17th March to fill the void in the fixture list following the sad demise of London Welsh.
 
After it was confirmed in January that the Exiles would cease to exist as a professional club after being refused permission to stay in the Greene King IPA Championship, Bedford Blues immediately set about finding a suitable opponent to fulfil the Friday night fixture and they’ve captured one of the biggest teams in the country.  
 

Bedford Blues captain Michael Le Bourgeois was handed a six week ban following an RFU Disciplinary Panel on Wednesday 1st February.
 
Le Bourgeois was charged with making contact with opponents' head following an incident during Saturday's 22-40 home defeat against Doncaster Knights. During a ruck, Le Bourgeois attempted to disrupt the ball but accidently caught a player with his boot in the process.
 
The 26-year-old pleaded guilty to the charge and was handed the six week ban. He is free to play again from Tuesday 14th March.
 

The 2017 RBS Six Nations is underway after a tense opening weekend and looks set to be another close competition with Scotland edging an Ireland side who beat the All Blacks a few months back, England narrowly defeating France in a match which could have gone either way and Italy leading Wales at half-time before crumbling late on.

So where better to take in the international fixtures than on the screens at Goldington Road and supporting your local club.

Next Saturday 11th February it’s the big one as Wales taken on England in Cardiff, and with no fixture for the Blues, it’s the perfect excuse to get back to the home of Bedford rugby.

Bedford Blues were on the receiving end of a 49-26 hiding on Saturday afternoon as bottom side Richmond showed they had more than enough grit and determination to stay in the Championship regardless of relegation no longer being a factor.

For the neutral it was a great afternoon out with 11 tries being scored in total, but for the travelling Blues contingent, it was another frustrating afternoon which started brightly but quickly fizzled out.

Bedford Blues have named their 22 man squad to take on Richmond in the Greene King IPA Championship on Saturday afternoon.

Following last weekend's disappointing 22-40 home defeat to Doncaster Knights, the Blues will be looking to bounce back against Richmond who they defeated 34-14 at Goldington Road back in October.

Goldington Road will be opening its gates on Tuesday 28th March for the annual Mobbs Memorial Match as Bedford Blues prepare to go into battle against The British Army (Kick Off 7:45pm).

This year's match also takes on extra special meaning as it marks the one-hundred-year anniversary since Lieutenant Colonel Edgar Mobbs DSO - a true England rugby legend and a genuine hero of World War I - died during the Third Battle of Ypres while attacking a machine gun post.

Bedford Blues first Championship home game of 2017 ended in defeat as promotion chasing Doncaster Knights racked up a bonus point 22-40 win at Goldington Road.

The Blues did take a bonus point thanks to two tries from Dean Adamson and one a piece for Tom James and Pat Tapley but after going 0-19 down within nine minutes, it was always an uphill task to get back into the game.

Championship rugby returns to Goldington Road this weekend as Bedford Blues prepare to take on last season's beaten finalists Doncaster Knights.

Bedford started the week nine points behind this weekend's opponents in the league table, but with the expulsion of London Welsh from the Championship and all results against the Exiles being expunged, the Blues are now 14 points off the Knights.

When the two teams met back in September at Castle Park, the lead changed hands four times with the Bedford scoring four tries, but the hosts finally took the spoils 30-22 with a late score denying the Blues an extra losing bonus point.

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.

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