Academy News

Bedford Academy travelled to play their second fixture of the season against Wasps, the RFU funded Premiership Academy, this time on the synthetic pitch at the impressive Maidenhead Rugby Club. 

With Bedford having won the first game narrowly (13–12) at Goldington Road in October, Wasps, who have hit form recently and have beaten Harlequins Academy (29–0) and Bristol Academy (38–9) in the last few weeks, were out to avenge the earlier loss. 

The Blues Academy play Wasps under floodlights at Maidenhead this Friday. Bedford make eight changes (two of them positional) to the starting line-up that beat Ealing in their last outing.

In the pack Ben Wilkinson moves from prop to hooker, with Hayden King restored to tight head; Josh Fadden returns at 2nd row, with Harry Agnew at flanker.  In the back line Chris Easton moves from fly half to scrum half, with Roddy Giles returning at fly half; Aaron Martin returns from injury in the centre, with Jack Stapley starting on the wing.

The game is at Maidenhead Rugby Club, Braywick Park, Braywick Road, Maidenhead SL6 1BN, and kicks off at 7.30 pm.

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The Blues Academy are away against Cambridge U22 XV this Saturday.

Bedford make ten changes (two of them positional) to the starting lineup that beat Ealing last week. 

Bedford Blues Academy played their first game since the Christmas break, away to Ealing on their synthetic 3G pitch.  With two last minute changes in the back line, due to an injury in the warm up, and a late arrival, Bedford had to rearrange their back line minutes before the kick off.  Playing up the hill, and against a strong wind in the first half, the Blues turned around at half time down by 22pts – 17.  The second half was a different affair with the Blues scoring 31 unanswered points to win by 48pts – 22.

Congratulations to five Blues Academy players who have been named in the U18 Divisional squads.

Prop Charley Robinson (Bromsgrove School and North Midlands U18s), hooker Garth Spencer (Moulton College and East Midlands U18s) and centre Aaron Martin (Bilton School, Rugby and Warwickshire U18s) have been selected for the Midlands Division U18 squad.  They will join hooker Dan Hostleter (Stowe School and Buckinghamshire U18s) who has been selected for the SE Division U18 squad, and flanker Nick Pritchard (George Abbott School, Guildford and Surrey U18s) who has been selected for the London & SE Division U18 squad. 

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