Academy News

Bedford Blues will again be hosting a national Under 19s 10-a-side tournament on Sunday 24 April following the success of last year’s event as the Club help showcase some of the most talented young rugby players in the country.

The invitation competition proved a superb initiative last season with Bedford Blues Academy narrowly clinching the title having defeated Worcester Warriors in the first round and Nottingham in the final with their only loss of the tournament against East Midlands.  

GAME CANCELLED DUE TO WATERLOGGED PITCH

The Blues Academy welcome Moseley Academy to Goldington Road on Saturday, KO 2.00 pm.

The Blues make a number of changes to the starting line that lost to Loughborough University U21 last week.  In the pack, Ben Thompson and Leon Patel-Champion return at prop with Charley Harvey and Callum Strachan at 2nd row, and Tim Herbert starting at flanker.  In the back line Max McMinn starts at fly half with Ben Phillips moving to centre.  Paul Aguele returns at centre with Jack Gibbs moving to full back.

 

Bedford Academy were down by 19pts – 0 at half time to an older, more physical, University side before putting together a better second half to lose by 38pts - 14.

Bedford were slow to start the game and the students played a more physical game to score three first half tries and lead by 19pts – 0 at half time.

The Blues Academy travel to play the Loughborough University Under 21 XV on Saturday, Kick Off is at 2.00 pm.

The Blues make eight changes (two of them positional) to the starting line that lost to Wasps Academy last week.  In the pack, Charley Robinson starts at hooker, with Cameron Lawes and Jacob Moody in the second row, with Callum Strachan moving to flanker.  Reuben Pritchard starts at flanker.  In the back line Max Titchener starts at centre and Matt Shacklady on the wing.  Scrum half Olly Howard captains the side.
 

Bedford Academy found the RFU funded Wasps Academy too strong for them, conceding two tries in the first half, and two in an improved second half, to lose by 24pts – 0 under lights at Goldington Road.

The game started at a fast pace with both sides wanting to play open rugby.  Bedford’s discipline continued to let them down, and with two consecutive penalties costing them 60m, and giving Wasps a good attacking position, Wasps scored their first try when a driving lineout sucked in the Blues defence allowing Wasps to score on the blind side. 

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