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The Blues Academy made their first away trip of the season and returned with a 22pts – 0 win over an older Esher U21 XV.  Ahead by 17pts – 0 at half time the Blues had to dig deep in the final quarter to keep out an Esher side who grew in confidence as the game progressed.
 

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After a tough game against Leinster last week, the Blues Academy continued their pre-season preparations with a 29pts – 21 win over London Scottish.  With both sides having large squads the game was played over three 30 minute periods, to give both sets of coaches a chance to look at new players and new combinations.

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LATEST: Blues Academy 29pts:  London Scottish Academy 21pts:  Match Report to follow.

 

After a tough game against Leinster last week, the Blues Academy continue their pre-season preparations on Saturday when they welcome the London Scottish Academy to Goldington Road (Kick Off 1.30 pm).

Making their debut for the Blues in the pack are youngsters Charlie Clarke (Ampthill) and Ben Thompson and Callum Strachan (both Bedford Junior Blues).

Blues Academy centre, Nico Defeo, on tour in Ireland with the Italy U20 squad, has played in the first three games of their four match tour.  The Italians have won one game, drawn one, and lost one; beating Munster U20, by 19pts – 3, losing to Connacht, by  22pts – 12, and drawing with Ulster, 12 pts all.     

 

The Italian U20 side face Leinster U20 this Saturday (August 23rd) in Dublin in the final game of their four match tour of Ireland.  The Italian U20 Head Coach, Allessandro Troncon, who has more than 100 caps for Italy, announces his squad later today.

 

Bedford Blues Academy U19 0 pts: Leinster U18 28 pts:

The Blues Academy started their season with a tough encounter with Leinster U18s.  Leinster, who are preparing for the Irish Inter-Provincial Championship, played some excellent rugby and were deserved winners by 28pts - 0. 

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After a tough pre-season training programme over the last seven weeks the Blues Academy take to the field for the first time this season on Saturday at Goldington Road (Kick Off 2.00 pm), when they welcome the Leinster Under 18 squad.  Leinster, who last played the Blues Academy in 2009, when they beat the Blues 18 – 7, are warming up for the Irish Inter-Provincial Championship.  Both Bedford and Leinster field a large squad to give both sets of coaches a chance to see new players in action.

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25th August

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Bank Hol - Day Off

Blues Club Doctor, Dr. David Niblett,and Academy physio, Kelly Loftus, put the Blues Academy Coaches through a Medical Training refresher course at Goldington Road, before Academy training this week.

The session covered training on use of the spinal board, which is used to immobilise a player with any suspected neck or spine injury.  This is vital to protect the player from any damage caused by movement until a full assessment can be carried out. 

Congratulations to 18 year old Blues Academy centre, Nico Defeo, who has been selected for the Italy U20 squad for their four match tour of Ireland in August.  Italy will play the four Irish provinces, Connacht, Leinster, Munster and Ulster, as part of their preparation for this year's Six Nations tournament.

Nico, who captained the Bedford Modern School 1st XV last year, and has just completed his "A" levels at BMS, impressed the Italian selectors, during a week long training camp in Pisa, Italy last week.

Congratulations to 18 year old Blues Academy centre, Nico Defeo, who has been invited to the Italian U20 training camp.

Defeo, who captained the Bedford Modern School 1st XV last year, has just completed his "A" levels at BMS, and joins the rest of the Italian U20 squad in a week long training camp in Pisa, Italy.

Blues Academy Director, Denis Ormesher, said ..." We are delighted for Nico.  He has been selected for the U20 camp a year early, and the experience training at this level will be good for him."  

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