Academy News

The Blues Academy beat the Saracens Academy, at Allianz Park, on a misty winter evening by 19pts – 15.  At 10pts - 0 down after 10 minutes it looked like a tough evening ahead for the Blues, however with a tough physical performance from the Bedford forwards, they fought back to be 10pts - 7 down at half time, and went on to a well deserved win by 19pts – 15 against the RFU funded Saracens Academy, coached by Don Barrell and Ian Vass.

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The Blues Academy play the Saracens Academy on Monday December 9th, at the Sarances' Allianz Park ground, Greenlands Lane, NW4 1RL, Kick Off at 7.30 pm.  Admission is free and all are welcome.

Bedford, who are without a number of players due to injury or illness, delay naming their team until Monday.  

The Blues Academy welcomed the New South Wales Country XV to Goldington Road and after a tight game were winners by 17pts - 10.  The New South Wales Country Rugby Union (NSWCRU), covers over 80% of the regional and rural areas of New South Wales outside the Sydney metropolitan district - over one hundred clubs with a Senior, Junior, Schools and Women player base of over thirty six thousand people.  The NW Country U18 XV are touring the UK and playing games against Glamorgan Wanderers and Oaklands College/Saracens as well as Bedford Blues Academy.

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LATEST: Bedford 17pts: NSW 10pts:  Match Report to follow.

The Blues Academy welcome the New South Wales Country XV to Goldington Road on Sunday, Kick Off at 2.00 pm. 

The New South Wales Country Rugby Union (NSWCRU) claim to be the largest Rugby province in the world and cover over 80% of the regional and rural areas of New South Wales outside the Sydney metropolitan district - over one hundred clubs with a Senior, Junior, Schools and Women player base of over thirty six thousand people.  The NW Country U18 XV are touring the UK and playing games against Glamorgan Wanderers and Oaklands College/Saracens as well as Bedford Blues Academy.

Having controlled the play for much of the game, poor Blues defence in the middle of the game allowed Oxford University to stay in touch.  After taking a half time lead of 19pts - 12, Bedford gave away two tries in the first ten minutes of the second half to give the students a 24pts - 19 lead.  The Blues changed their game plan in the last 20 minutes, kept the ball tight and attacked through their forwards to score the winning try and to close out the game for a 26pts - 24 win.

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The Blues Academy face a University U21 XV for the third consecutive week.  After losses to Cambridge and Loughborough Universities U21 XVs in the last two weeks, the Blues face the Oxford University U21 XV this week at Goldington Road, Kick Off at 2.00 pm. 

With the Blues away at Plymouth on Friday, Bedford supporters have the chance to support the Academy at home - Kick Off is 2.00 pm, the bar is open, all are welcome.

At 10 pts all at half time this game could have gone either way.  The Blues started well, but with two players in the sin bin at the same time, the Blues Academy lost their way in the middle of a disjointed game, to lose by 29pts - 15 to the older students side. 

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After a narrow defeat last week against Cambridge Univ U21 XV, the Blues Academy travel to play Loughborough Univeristy U21 this week, on Saturday November 16th, Kick Off 12.30pm.

Loughborough, who attract some of the best rugby playing students in the country, will be a tough task for the younger Blues XV.

Bedford make a number of changes to their starting line up;  Kieran Duffin starts at 9 with Ben Calder reverting the the bench; Michael Philips starts at fly half and, the Australian twins Dylan and Keano van Dieman start at full back and on the wing. In the pack Joss Morgan starts at second row.

The Blues are captained by No. 8 Dan Martin.

After building a 19pts - 14 lead at half time, playing up the slope, the Blues Academy allowed Cambridge University U21 XV back into the game and lost a tight game by 35pts - 33.  Cambridge showed great character in competing continually and eventually deserved the win. 

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After good wins in the last two weeks, against Ealing and Nottingham, the Blues Academy face a much tougher challenge against the older Cambridge Univeristy U21 XV, at Goldington Road on Saturday November 9th, Kick Off 2.30pm.

Cambridge, who are preparing for their Varsity game at Twickenham in early December, had good wins recently against Moseley U21 XV and Bath University.  The University side, who will be on average two years older than the Blues, will present a tough physical challenge for  Bedford.

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