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Bedford Blues are delighted to announce the signing of experienced hooker Dan George from National One side Blackheath.

The 30 year old comes straight into the Blues squad following a mini injury crisis at Goldington Road which has seen Sam James ruled out with a dislocated shoulder while George Edgson picked up a knee injury recently while on duty with Wasps .

Following a week off, the Blues players have been back in camp working hard ahead of tests against London Welsh away this Saturday before a return to Goldington Road next Friday night versus London Scottish.

Backs Coach, Paul Larkin, talked exclusively to the Club website this week as the coaching staff target improvements in both attack and defence to unlock an improving Exiles outfit this weekend.

Larkin said: “The lads have returned in a positive frame of mind and can’t wait to get back out there this Saturday. There’s no denying it’s been a tough start and we’ve lost the games by such a narrow margin which has in some ways made it more frustrating.

Congratulations to ex-Blues Academy Captain Ali Price, who has been named in the Scotland Squad to face Australia at Murrayfield on Saturday Nov 12th.  Price will gain his first full Scotland cap if he makes his debut off the bench.

Price was born in Kings Lynn, attended Wisbech School, and joined the Blues Academy in 2010.  He was in the Blues team which won the National U19 Knock Out cup, scoring twice in the 38pts – 10 win over Redingensians in May 2011, and wining the Academy “Young Player of the Year” award.  He went on to captain the Blues Academy squad in 2011/12 season lifting the National U19 Knock Out cup in the 31pts - 15 win over Ivybridge in May 2012. 

It was to be a frustrating afternoon at Goldington Road as Bedford Blues tasted defeat against Nottingham with an 80th minute Darryl Veenendaal conversion winning it for the Green and Whites.

The Blues, in truth, were fortunate to be ahead at that point in the game after a disappointing end to the first 40 minutes and a miserable start to the second half second half had seen the visitors come from 22-0 down to lead 22-29. Tom James and Piers O’Conor crossed in the final ten minutes to give the Blues a slender lead before Tobias Freeman galloped over and former Blue Veenendaal sealed the win.

*The Blues have been forced to make a late change as Myles Dorrian is ruled out of today's game with an injury. He's replaced on the bench by Jason Hill.

Bedford Blues make a welcome return to Goldington Road this weekend with the expectation of plenty of fireworks on the pitch as Nottingham pay a visit in the Greene King IPA Championship.

Games between the Blues and Nottingham are much anticipated and full-bloodied affairs with both teams happy to play the conditions while looking for the opportunity to throw the ball around.

Bedford Blues are hoping for Fireworks on Friday night and Saturday afternoon, on the pitch that is, as Nottingham Rugby arrive for a pivotal clash with both sides needing a win to lift them up the Championship table this Saturday at Goldington Road (KO 3pm).

Blues and their visitors, the Green and Whites, lay near the bottom of the standings, but with only six points separating 11th from the play-off spots there is still plenty of time for a mount a challenge towards the top, and a win this Saturday would certainly help.

Bedford Blues put in a huge second half fightback against high flying Ealing Trailfinders at Vallis Way on Saturday afternoon but they came up just a point short.

Trailing 17-3 at the interval, penalties from Myles Dorrian along with a converted Ollie Dodge try brought the Blues back into the game, but the home side went further ahead with a try ten minutes from time. The Blues kept knocking on the door and got their reward with a George Edgson try on the stroke of 80 minutes which ensured that Bedford left with a losing bonus. 

After a two week British & Irish Cup break, Blues return to action on Saturday afternoon as they travel to the capital to take on Ealing Trailfinders at Vallis Way.

Bedford had shaken off their early season ring rust with two league victories over Richmond and Rotherham which they followed up with a win over the Dragons Premiership Select XV before being beaten in the Cup by Yorkshire Carnegie last weekend.

The hosts have made a solid start to the season and currently lie in fifth position with Bedford trailing them by four points and the Blues know Ealing have had some notable victories so far this season.

Bedford Blues are proud to announce we have been shortlisted for the Marketing Campaign of the Year Award in Bedfordshire Business Awards 2016.

The awards, launched by Beds on Sunday and sponsored by Barclays, recognise hardworking local businesses achieving success in our community.

From almost 200 entries, category judges have whittled the entrants down to the final three. Just one business will walk away with each prestigious title come the gala awards evening in November.

Bedford Blues three match winning run came to a halt on Saturday afternoon as they were defeated 52-28 by Yorkshire Carnegie in the British & Irish Cup at Selby Rugby Club.

The game kicked off 15 minutes later than scheduled due to the Blues coach breaking down en route to the match, but a second half blitz from Carnegie wrapped up the win for the hosts.

Things had started brightly for the Blues who came firing out the blocks and Myles Dorrian had put the visitors ahead with two well struck penalties, but there was further disruption as hooker Sam James had to be replaced early on in proceedings with a shoulder injury.

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