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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.

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Monday 26th December
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