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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.
 

Bedford Blues building process for the 2016/17 season has continued with the signing of  talented young prop Christian Judge and the re-signing of fan favourite and Dream Team fly half Jake Sharp.

Judge, 23, has signed on at Goldington Road from Plymouth Albion and has been the standout prop in National One this season. Standing at 5ft 11ins tall and weighing in at 116kg, Judge previously played for Launceston and helped Cornwall to victory in the 2014/15 County Championship at Twickenham.

After 1,760 pulsating minutes of Championship rugby, the season has finally concluded with Bedford Blues finishing in fourth position to set up a mouth-watering semi-final tie against table-topping Bristol this Sunday 1 May (KO 3:15pm).

The two sides have played each other four times already this season with the win tally finely balanced at two each - one in the league and one in the cup - meaning that Sunday’s first leg at Goldington Road is all set to be an instant classic.

GREENE KING IPA CHAMPIONSHIP DREAM XV 2015-16

Following a hugely successful season which has seen Bedford Blues finishing fourth in the league to set up a play-off encounter with Bristol, Jake Sharp and Pat Tapley have been included in the Greene King IPA Championship Dream Team.

Opposition coaches voted that fly half Sharp and winger Tapley had performed the best in their respective positions throughout the 2015-16 campaign.

Ahead of the Championship play-off semi-final, Blues can confirm that captain Nick Fenton-Wells has agreed a deal to sign for opponents Bristol.
 
As a consequence of this decision, the club feels that it is in the best interest of all parties that Nick does not play any part in the play-off games and he will therefore not be available for selection.
 
Bedford Blues Chairman Geoff Irvine said: "I appreciate that supporters will feel very disappointed but the club has been put in a compromising position due to Nick’s decision and, as such, we feel that this is the correct course of action to take given the circumstances."
 

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