Academy News

Whilst the Blues players prepare for their pre-season warm up game against Plymouth this Saturday, one of the Blues Academy Development squad players is hitting the headlines in New Zealand.

Fly Half Dan Lewis, who has been playing for the Valley club in the Citizen’s Shield competition in North Otago this summer, has been getting some good write ups in the local press, ending the season as the competition’s highest points scorer and second highest try scorer.  Valley lost to the Old Boys club on Saturday in the final of the Citizens’ Shield play off competition by 20pts – 13. 

10 years ago, on May 7th 2007, Courtney Lawes and Duncan Taylor played in the Bedford Blues Academy U19 side that beat Redruth, 30pts – 5, in the final of the National Colts Cup at Franklin’s Gardens

Today they line up against each other for Northampton Saints against Saracens in Round 20 of the Aviva Premiership at Stadium MK.

Duncan, now 27 yrs old, wins his 100th cap for Saracens, whilst Courtney, 28 yrs old, plays his 188th game for Saints.  Duncan has also gained 18 caps for Scotland, and Courtney 58 caps for England.

Blues Academy Development Squad players, Ryan Hutler, Dan Lewis, Jacob Turner and Charley Robinson, helped the Blues beat the British Army, in the annual Mobbs Memorial game at Goldington Road last night, by 55pts - 26.

Winger Ryan Hutler bagged a hat trick of tries, fly half Dan Lewis scored a try and three conversions, and flanker Jacob Turner and front row Charley Robinson, added to the Blues effort.

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A belated congratulations to ex-Blues Academy Captain Ali Price, who won his first cap last Saturday in Scotland’s 43-16 win over Georgia.  Ali, whi has been on the bench for Scotland's last three games, came off the bench to replace the Scotland captain, Greg Laidlaw, at scrum half, and win his first cap.

Ex-Blues Academy Captain Ali Price, who has been named in the Scotland Squad, is poised to win his first full Scotland cap if he makes his debut off the bench against Argentina.  Price, has been named in the Scotland Squad to face Argentina at Murrayfield on Saturday Nov 19th. 

Ali was on the bench for Scotland last week in their narrow loss to Australia (23-22), but did not come off the bench to win his first cap.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-union/38010903

Congratulations to ex-Blues Academy Captain Ali Price, who has been named in the Scotland Squad to face Australia at Murrayfield on Saturday Nov 12th.  Price will gain his first full Scotland cap if he makes his debut off the bench.

Price was born in Kings Lynn, attended Wisbech School, and joined the Blues Academy in 2010.  He was in the Blues team which won the National U19 Knock Out cup, scoring twice in the 38pts – 10 win over Redingensians in May 2011, and wining the Academy “Young Player of the Year” award.  He went on to captain the Blues Academy squad in 2011/12 season lifting the National U19 Knock Out cup in the 31pts - 15 win over Ivybridge in May 2012. 

Bedford Blues are delighted to announce that five further players have joined the Blues Academy Development Squad.

The Blues announced recently a new approach to developing young players for a future in the professional game with the set-up of the Academy Development Squad.  These players will train as part of the Blues first team squad with their Strength & Conditioning programmes being overseen by the Blues first team coaches.  If they are not playing for the Blues, then they will play with a partner club in the National Leagues where they will have the opportunity to develop by playing regular adult league rugby. 

Bedford Blues are delighted to announce that fly half Dan Lewis is the first player to join the Blues Academy Development Squad.
 
Lewis joins the Blues this summer from French club Oyonnax.  The 20 year old - an old boy of St. Joseph’s College, Ipswich - was a member of the Blues Academy in the 2013/14 season, when he played for the England Under 18 Clubs and Schools XV against Ireland and France.  He also played with Saracens Academy in the U18 Academy league.  
 

Bedford Blues have announced a new approach to develop young players for a future in the professional game.

The Blues Academy is recognised as one of the best non-RFU funded Academies in the country.  Players such as Sacha Harding, Will Chudley, Ali Price, Duncan Taylor, Josh Bassett, Aaron Morris and others have been developed by the Academy before moving into the first team.  Many of these players have gone on to play in the Premiership and beyond.

London Scottish were deserved winners of the Bedford Blues U19 10-a-side Tournament, beating a strong Loughborough University side by 21pts – 7 in an entertaining final at Goldington Road.

The competition was designed to showcase the player development work being carried out by a number of Championship clubs as well as giving the players a competitive focus to end the season.  With six sides participating in two pools of three, there was non-stop rugby all day.

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