Academy News

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.

After their final training session on Saturday lunchtime the Blues Academy have finalised and announced their squad for the Bedford U19 10-a-side competition at Goldington Road on Sunday, April 24th.

There are some exciting line-ups in prospect.  The Blues first game is at 1.30 when they play Moseley.  The two exiles teams, London Scottish and London Welsh, face each other at 2pm, and Bedford Blues take on Loughborough University at 2.30pm.  Play commences at 12 noon with the first game between London Welsh and Ealing.  

 

The Blues Academy ended their 15-a-side season with a convincing win away at Doncaster.

Despite the long coach journey the Blues played some fine rugby in the first 15 minutes.  A strong lineout drive gained ground for a second lineout 5m from the Doncaster line.  Bedford varied their game and the ball was moved wide for centre Adrian Sanday to make ground and offload to winger Ross Taylor in support for a fine try;  fullback Liam Shields converted. 

The Blues Academy U19s travel up the A1, ahead of the Blues 1st XV, to take on Doncaster Academy as a curtain raiser to the Doncaster vs Blues Championship league game.  In the pack Ollie Pescott-Frost and Leon Patel-Champion start at prop, with Chayse Tyler at hooker;  Ethan Hughes starts at second row, with Jacob Turner moving to the flank, and Jack Spurr moving to No. 8.  In the back line Callum Tormey stats at fly half; Adrian Sanday (St. Joseph’s College, Ipswich) makes his debut at centre, and Tom Fawsett returns from England U18 duty on the wing.

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