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The 2016/17 Championship season gets underway on Saturday afternoon as Bedford Blues welcome the Cornish Pirates to Goldington Road.
 
The familiar foes go head to head once more and, if last season is anything to go by - the aggregate score over the two league fixtures was 86-78 to Bedford - a high scoring game could be on the cards.
 
There has been a fair amount of change at Goldington Road with players coming and going and for the opening Championship fixture of the campaign, Bedford Blues Director of Rugby Mike Rayer gives competitive debuts to four summer signings while five new recruits take a place on the bench.

The opening match of the new Greene King IPA Championship season is nearly here as Bedford Blues welcome old friends Cornish Pirates to Goldington Road in our family fun day this Saturday (Kick Off 15:00).

Following an impressive pre-season campaign Mike Rayer’s men are champing at the bit for league action in what promises to be an exciting fixture against the West Country outfit.

Ties between the two sides have typically been exhilarating affairs with plenty of tries scored by both teams, in the last two seasons the points tally in league fixtures alone between the two clubs has amassed a huge 294 points.

This Saturday will mark not only the start of the new Championship season, but the official launch of the refurbished upstairs Eagle Bar.

The Club invite all supporters to take a look at the refurbishment and enjoy a beer, whilst also enjoying the launch on a new match day initiative; The Michael R Peters Final Whistle.

The Final Whistle will take place not long after the end of the match in the Eagle Bar with a host, coach and player giving their fresh reaction to the 80 minutes of action and it kicks off this week with DoR Mike Rayer and captain Michael Le Bourgeois.

This season’s Guard of Honour is again partnered by SSG Activities and Events who together with the Club are delighted to bring you the opportunity to form the welcome tunnel for both teams running out at Goldington Road.

The SSG Guard of Honour experience is available for primary aged children from local schools and community groups, giving them a fabulous opportunity to attend a Bedford Blues home match and watch pitch side having waved the teams onto the pitch and received their welcome pack.

Bedford Blues rounded off their pre-season campaign with a convincing 52-12 victory over Pontypridd at Goldington Road on Saturday afternoon.

Bedford ran in eight tries during the afternoon with Dean Adamson, Tom Farrell (2), George Edgson, Tom James, Ben Adams, Tom Whiteley and Tom Griffiths all crossing the wash while Myles Dorrian converted once and Jake Sharp chipped over five more.

Bedford Blues have named their squad to face Pontypridd at Goldington Road on Saturday afternoon in the final pre-season fixture ahead of the 2016/17 Championship campaign.
 
Saturday's game is the return fixture from a clash between the two sides who met a fortnight ago with Bedford running out 66-14 winners at the Welfare Ground, home of Cilfynydd RFC. The Blues ran in ten tries during the outing but will be expecting a much tougher challenge this weekend with both teams gearing up their preparation for the season ahead.
 

Bedford Blues are delighted to announce that five further players have joined the Blues Academy Development Squad.

The Blues announced recently a new approach to developing young players for a future in the professional game with the set-up of the Academy Development Squad.  These players will train as part of the Blues first team squad with their Strength & Conditioning programmes being overseen by the Blues first team coaches.  If they are not playing for the Blues, then they will play with a partner club in the National Leagues where they will have the opportunity to develop by playing regular adult league rugby. 

The inaugural Bedford Blues Community Rugby Department summer camp is well underway with around 100 youngsters enjoying plenty of sunshine and plenty of rugby at Goldington Road.

Following the launch of the Community Rugby Department in June and the appointment of Former Blue Ben Gulliver as its head earlier this month, the buzz has certainly hit the town as children of all ages came through the Goldington Road gates on Tuesday morning to participate in the three-day camp.

The Blues are straight back to Goldington Road this weekend for their final pre-season challenge against Pontypridd in our first Saturday afternoon of the season (Kick Off 15:00).

Pontypridd, Welsh Principality Premiership winners four out of the last five seasons, will be looking to level proceedings and seek revenge following Bedford’s comprehensive victory a fortnight ago in South Wales.

Whilst Mike Rayer’s troops will be dusting themselves down after a tough meeting with Saracens last Friday night which heralded plenty of positives for the Blues ahead of Championship action on the first weekend of September.

Attention all 2016-17 Season Ticket holders; your welcome pack and new Season Ticket cards will be sent out later this week, Monday 22nd August, and your ticket to Championship and British & Irish Cup pool stage rugby at Goldington Road will be with you very soon.

The Club expect all members to receive their pack early next week and whilst every effort is made for your ticket to arrive quickly and safely, there is always the chance that it will take a little longer than expected. If you have not received your ticket by next Wednesday 31st August, then please contact the club immediately so that we can address any potential issue.

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