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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.

Bedford Blues continued their preparations for the 2016/17 Championship season with a good run out against Saracens on Friday night.

The visitors may have taken the spoils with a 21-36 victory, but there was plenty for the Blues faithful to be excited about as Mike Rayer’s men ran in three tries against the Premiership and European Champions.

Pat Tapley, Sam James and Camilo Parilli-Ocampo were the men to cross the whitewash in front of 3050 fans while Saracens responded with a brace apiece for Mike Ellery and Schalk Brits while Henry Taylor and Nick Tompkins also dotted down.

Bedford Blues have named their squad to take on Premiership and European Champions Saracens at Goldington Road on Friday night.
 
The game, which kicks off at 7.45pm, will be the first chance for Blues fans to see the new squad in action at Goldington Road while also having the opportunity to see both the Premiership and European Cups on display when Saracens pay a visit.
 
Bedford racked up a convincing 66-14 win over Pontypridd last weekend but they know that a much tougher challenge awaits them on Friday night.

The Club are pleased to announce further details of this season's ‘Meet the Players’ evening which will be held on Thursday 25th August from 6pm at Goldington Road, exclusively for 2016-17 Season Ticket holders.
 
The new incentive was again included in the Season Ticket package following the success of last season's inaugural session with an early chance to hear the views of the Director of Rugby Mike Rayer, new captain Michael Le Bourgeois and other selected players ahead of the Championship campaign.
 

The Blues arrive back at Goldington Road this Friday night for the opening home match of the season against European and English Champions Saracens as rugby returns to Bedford with a bang (Kick Off 19:45).

Fresh from a very successful pre-season training camp in Cardiff with a healthy 66-14 victory against Pontypridd, Mike Rayer’s men will be targeting another good performance versus the sizeable task Mark McCall’s troops will deliver.

The Club would like to extend their thanks to Georgia Nash who has helped raise funds for a new permanent defibrillator in the Eagle Bar at Goldington Road.

Whilst the Club hope supporters will not have a need for it, the defib device, which gives a high energy electric shock to the heart to someone who is in cardiac arrest, has proved a lifesaving addition to many sporting grounds around the UK.

The Blues Medical team already have one pitchside and the on-site Ambulance is more than well equipped, but to have a permanent defib at Goldington Road all-year round is a welcome addition.

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