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It is the penultimate round of Greene King IPA Championship's regular season and while three of the semi-finalists are confirmed, there is still plenty of jostling left to be done.

And perhaps the pick of the ties this weekend is at Castle Park, as fourth-placed Bedford Blues will go in hunt of sealing a top four berth should they topple Doncaster Knights.

The stakes are high for both sides, as a bonus-point win would secure second spot for the Knights, while the Blues could reel in third-place Yorkshire Carnegie with victory.

Ex-Blues Academy centre, Jonathan Raven, is in training to swim the channel for Cancer Charities.

Jonathan’s wife Sarah Raven, 29, has been diagnosed with Gastro-Intestinal Neuroectodermal Tumour (GNET) and is one of only 60 known cases in the world.  To raise money and awareness of the condition Jonathan, and five of their friends, are preparing to swim about 5.5km each of the 32km from Dover to France.  Former Bedford High School pupil Sarah (nee Fisher), was first diagnosed with cancer when she was just 25.  She is undergoing chemotherapy as doctors pool what little information there is about GNET from around the world.

 

Details of the revamped Bedford Blues 2015/16 End of Season Gala Dinner at Goldington Road have been released and due to a fantastic on field performance this season, demand is high.

There is limited availability for this much anticipated event with the Blues players and coaches as we mark the end of another Championship season with a special night of entertainment.

Open to both male and female, this year’s black tie gala dinner is on Friday 13th May and promises a fantastic evening for all in attendance with a superb four course dinner and awards presentation, as well as AV displays with match highlights.

Bedford Blues can confirm that one of its longest serving players, tighthead prop Phil Boulton, will be leaving the club at the end of the season to join National One side Coventry.

Boulton, 29, first stepped through the Goldington Road gates in the summer of 2008 and he has gone on to be one of the most consistent performers for Bedford Blues ever since.

Bedford Blues' recruitment for the 2016/17 season has continued with the re-signings of Dean Adamson, Michael Le Bourgeois, Mike Howard and Paul Tupai.
 
Adamson, 22, has been in fantastic form this season having run in 16 tries which included a hat-trick against Cornish Pirates last weekend. The speedster joined Bedford Blues at the beginning of the 2014/15 campaign following a successful period at Ampthill Rugby Club which saw him notch up an impressive 22 tries in National Two South. The Bedford boy, who came through the Blues Academy, has truly seized his opportunity with both hands and proven what a special talent he is.
 

Final preparations for the second Bedford Blues Under 19s 10-a-Side Tournament, which will be held on Sunday April 24th at Goldington Road, are near completion, with the Bedford Blues Academy squad having their final training run on Saturday, before announcing their squad.

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.  

With two games remaining in this season's Greene King IPA Championship, Bedford Blues have strengthened their squad for the next campaign with one new signing and three re-signings.
 
Running out at Goldington Road next season will be scrum half Tom James, 23, who has joined from Loughborough Students.
 
James, can also play at fullback, has captained Loughborough as well as featuring in the England Students squad which lost out to France by three points last weekend.
 

Whilst there is lots still going on this season and plenty to play for as the sunnier months arrive, the Followers Association have a date for your diary as they host a new Summer Event this year.

It's open to all and promises to be an improved and much revamped event to kick start pre-season with many of the new faces set to join. So come on, brush off the tux, freshen up that cocktail dress and join us on Saturday 9th July for a Cocktail and Casino Evening with bubbles on arrival.

The main bar will be open all evening and we have a Disco so you can dance 'til late.

After being down by 14pts – 7 at half time, the Blues Academy had a strong second half to draw 19pts all with the Nottingham Academy on Sunday.

Nottingham started well and were first to score with a try from their strong running winger to go 7 pts ahead after 15 minutes.  Bedford hit back 10 minutes later when centre Paul Aguele scored from an interception.  Full back Liam Shields converted to make the scores 7 pts all.  Notts hit back when a loose pass from the Blues when counterattacking gave Notts the ball, and a dog-leg in defence allowed them to cut through and score under the posts.  The try was converted to give them a 14pts - 7 lead at half time.

Bedford Blues and Cornish Pirates could both have been wearing black and white hoops on Saturday afternoon as 3.035 fans inside Goldington Road were treated to a Barbarian-esq encounter with 15 tries being run in during a 54-46 win for the home side. You can see all of the tries HERE.

A hat-trick for Dean Adamson along with one apiece for Henry Taylor, Mike Le Bourgeois, Paul Tupai, George Perkins and Harry Wells did the damage while Jake Sharp converted six and Myles Dorrian one. 

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