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Bedford Blues full back James Pritchard is joining near-neighbours Ampthill on a short term loan deal to help them during an injury crisis.

Pritchard, who recently appeared in his fourth Rugby World Cup with Canada, joins up with several former Blues as Ampthill prepare to face Hull Ionians this weekend.

Speaking about the move, Blues Director of Rugby Mike Rayer said: “Pritch is an amazingly experienced player who will be able to help out Ampthill on the pitch as they battle with a nasty injury crisis.

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The Blues Academy travel to Leicester to take on the Leicester Tigers Academy, at their Oval Park ground, on Saturday, KO 1.00 pm.

In the pack, Charley Robinson returns at prop with Charley Harvey at 2nd row, and Jacob Moody moving to flanker.  Dylan Leney starts at scrum half and Paul Aguele returns from injury on the wing with Liam Shields moving to full back.  The side will be captained by No. 8 Rahat Choudhury.
 

Bedford Blues are pleased to announce a partnership with SSG Services in sponsoring and providing the Blues Guard of Honour on match days at Goldington Road.

The revamped initiative is hoped to improve the match day experience for participants and spectators alike as we welcome the next generation to Goldington Road for a special experience.

If you have a school, club or general group that would be interested in forming the GOH at a home Blues match then we would love to hear from you. Simply email gareth@bedfordrugby.co.uk with your details and we will try to accommodate.

Remember to keep up to date with the latest match highlights via our Youtube channel BedfordBluesvids featuring tries from all the games with commentary.

To find the latest content each week simply click on the link on the right hand side of the Bedford Blues website homepage and leave your comments either underneath the video or on twitter.

View our latest video from the narrow Pirates loss below or watch our promotional videos from the trailers and let us know your thoughts. BluesTV at BedfordBluesVids on Youtube, sponsorship opportunities available.

The Blues Academy have announced that Blues 1st XV players James Pritchard and Charlie Clare are joining the Blues Academy Coaching team.  Pritch and Charlie will help coach the Academy squad for the remainder of the season.

Congratulations to two ex-Blues Academy players named in the Cambridge University squad for the Varsity game to be played at Twickenham on Thursday December 10th.

Ollie Clough (on left) has been selected at outside centre, alongside Welsh International, and British Lion, Jamie Roberts, and Mike Phillips, also a centre, has been selected on the bench.  

Following Sunday’s disappointment in Cornwall as the Blues fell to a last minute one point loss to Pirates, Mike Rayer’s men need the town out in force this Saturday at Goldington Road as they prepare to face second placed Doncaster Knights (Kick Off 3pm).

The match featuring two of the top four is tantalisingly setup with Bedford looking to extend their unbeaten run of home wins as well as continuing to entertain the crowds with quick, expansive rugby that has seen them score eight more tries in the backs than the next nearest competitor.

Bedford Blues suffered an agonising defeat at the Mennaye Field on Sunday afternoon as the Cornish Pirates scored a late, late converted try to secure a 32-31 win.

Despite having to dig very deep in the second half, the Blues looked to be heading home with a bonus point win after Pat Tapley, Tom Griffiths, Joel Conlon and Mike Le Bourgeois had all crossed the whitewash with Myles Dorrian converting all four plus a penalty. But the Pirates pressed until the very end and got their reward as Alex Cheeseman scored from close range before Laurence May converted to seal victory.

On a blustery day at Goldington Road, the Blues Academy were in the lead for only one second of the game, but it was the final second of the game. 

With strong gusting winds making it difficult for both sides to establish any rhythm neither side could score in the first half.  Both sides were well matched, and found it difficult to break the line.

Bedford Blues return to Championship action this weekend with the customary trip to Penzance as they face the Cornish Pirates on Sunday afternoon.

Games between the clubs are always hotly contested and league position will mean nothing when the two go head-to-head at the Mennaye Field.

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