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Bedford Blues are delighted to announce two further signings ahead of the 2016/17 Greene King IPA Championship season.

Heading to Goldington Road will be back rower Jason Hill who joins from Glasgow Warriors while fullback Elliot Clements-Hill is make the short journey from Ampthill.

Hill, who stands 6ft 4ins tall and weighs 108kg, joined Glasgow Warriors on a partnership contract for season 2015/2016. The 26-year-old played for the Scotland Club XV in 2015, scoring a try and being named man of the match in a 23-18 victory over the Ireland Club XV.

In the end, it just wasn't to be as Bristol put in another big performance to ensure that it was them and not Bedford Blues who will be in the Greene King IPA Championship Final against Doncaster Knights.

The Blues certainly gave their all, as they have throughout the season, but the host team proved too strong as they ran in six tries to Bedford's three which were courtesy of a Penalty try, Dean Adamson and Paul Tupai.

Bedford Blues head into Sunday’s Greene King IPA Championship play-off second leg knowing that they will have to put in a performance of Leicester City proportions to have any chance of reaching the final this season.

On Sunday, the Blues were well beaten 16-45 at Goldington Road by a clinical Bristol who ran in six tries to give themselves a 29 point cushion ahead of the second leg. But with no pressure on the Blues at all, the message from the coaches is simple - Go out there, express yourselves and do what Bedford do best.

Following a fantastic season featuring Championship play-off qualification, British & Irish Cup Quarter Finals and a superb brand of running rugby, Bedford Blues are pleased to announce their 2016/17 Season Ticket packages.

Membership offers supporters the chance to enjoy another enthralling Blues’ campaign at Goldington Road with frozen prices, increased saving on match day prices and a host of brilliant additional benefits when purchased before the end of June.

Bedford Blues have continued their building process for the 2016/17 with the capture of talented centre Tom Farrell from London Irish, but the club will be bidding a fond farewell to lock Mark Flanagan who is joining Saracens on a two-year deal.
 
Farrell, 22, has been a part of the London Irish A-League squad this season, but he really made a name for himself while part of the Leinster Academy. Standing at 6ft 2ins tall and weighing in at 97kg, the centre has pace and power that will add plenty to the Blues midfield.

Last Sunday Blues Chairman Geoff Irvine welcomed the Mayor of Milton Keynes, Keith McLean, to Goldington Road for the play-off semi-final as the local Councillor showed his support for Bedford against promotion favourites Bristol.

Councillor McLean enjoyed the day and we look forward to hosting him at Goldington Road soon. The Mayor was heavily involved in Milton Keynes' hosting of the Rugby World Cup late last year in which Bedford Blues supported the various working parties to make it a very successful tournament for the region.

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.

The curtain comes down on the local club 2015-16 season with the Bombardier East Midlands Cup Final between Bedford Athletic and Northampton Old Scouts at Goldington Road tomorrow (Kick Off 7:45pm).

This is the first occasion in over 40 years of East Midlands Cup Finals that these two teams have met in the final, in fact this will be Old Scouts very first appearance at this stage of the competition.

Bedford Athletic will be looking for a sixth East Midlands’ title, having featured in the very first EMRU Cup Final back in 1972. Their last Cup Final success came in 2006 which was followed by defeats in the 2008 and 2011 Finals.

It was a tough afternoon at Goldington Road on Sunday as Bristol ran in six tries to take a 16-45 win and a firm hold of the Greene King IPA Championship semi-final.

Bedford did cross the whitewash once with Charlie Clare hurtling over while out on the wing, but Bristol were clinical with their driving maul and made it count in the first half before taking their opportunities in the second.

With a 29 point difference at half time – things don’t look fantastic, but if there’s one thing that Mike Rayer’s men like, it’s a challenge.

With the regular season behind them, Bedford Blues head into the Greene King IPA Championship play-offs full of confidence and keen to rock the boat as Champions-elect Bristol visit Goldington Road on Sunday afternoon.
 
With the Sky Sports cameras in tow, the Blues head into Sunday's encounter as underdogs following an end of season 6-39 loss to Bristol last weekend. But if there is one thing that the Blues thrive on, it's being written off before a game - or even the season - kicks off.
 

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