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Bedford Blues have secured the services of experienced prop James Hallam for the remainder of the 2016/17 Greene King IPA Championship season.

After it was confirmed that Jack Culverhouse would require surgery to a hip injury, the Blues moved quickly to sign Hallam ahead of the transfer deadline which passed on Friday 24th February.

Speaking about the signing, Blues Director of Rugby Mike Rayer said: "James has considerable experience in the Championship and we are delighted to welcome him to Goldington Road for the remainder of the season. 

Not for the first time this season, Bedford’s mistakes cost them dearly as top four hunting Ealing Trailfinders picked up a 16-29 victory at Goldington Road.

It was the fourth meeting between the two sides this season and Ealing continued their good fortune by pouncing on the Blues errors. Bedford scored a couple of cracking tries through Piers O’Conor and Elliot Clements-Hill, but Mark Bright and Mile Mantella scored for the visitors while Aaron Penberthy hit 19 points from his boot.

Bedford Blues return to Goldington Road this weekend as they welcome high flying Ealing Trailfinders in the Greene King IPA Championship.

The  Blues head into the game looking to build on their impressive display against Rotherham Titans last weekend in which Bedford won their first game of 2017 21-36 thanks to tries from Elliot Clements-Hill, Ollie Dodge, Ben Adams, Jordan Burns and Piers O'Conor.

The task ahead is a huge one though, as Ealing maintain their charge for a top four finish and are yet to taste defeat to Bedford in three games this season thanks to two wins and a draw.

The Blues return home this Saturday after a month away against fourth placed Ealing Trailfinders at Goldington Road (KO 3pm).

Mike Rayer’s men will be looking to continue their short-term momentum following a fantastic win over Rotherham Titans last time out, but are expecting a tough battle against the side from the capital who have already toppled the Blues twice this season.

Bedford Blues will sadly no longer be welcoming referee Nigel Owens in our latest Sportsman’s Dinner, but have managed to replace him with the superb James Haskell.

The current England international who has made an impact off the bench in the first two Six Nations matches is the perfect substitute and is renowned for his open, honest and entertaining stories behind the mic.   

The event on Wednesday 5th April will see MC Sam Roberts welcome Haskell to the Goldington Road Marquee for a night of rugby tales and entertainment with a raffle and auction to close following a sumptuous three-course feast.

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