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Bedford Blues are delighted to announce the signing of experienced hooker Dan George from National One side Blackheath.

The 30 year old comes straight into the Blues squad following a mini injury crisis at Goldington Road which has seen Sam James ruled out with a dislocated shoulder while George Edgson picked up a knee injury recently while on duty with Wasps .

Following a week off, the Blues players have been back in camp working hard ahead of tests against London Welsh away this Saturday before a return to Goldington Road next Friday night versus London Scottish.

Backs Coach, Paul Larkin, talked exclusively to the Club website this week as the coaching staff target improvements in both attack and defence to unlock an improving Exiles outfit this weekend.

Larkin said: “The lads have returned in a positive frame of mind and can’t wait to get back out there this Saturday. There’s no denying it’s been a tough start and we’ve lost the games by such a narrow margin which has in some ways made it more frustrating.

Congratulations to ex-Blues Academy Captain Ali Price, who has been named in the Scotland Squad to face Australia at Murrayfield on Saturday Nov 12th.  Price will gain his first full Scotland cap if he makes his debut off the bench.

Price was born in Kings Lynn, attended Wisbech School, and joined the Blues Academy in 2010.  He was in the Blues team which won the National U19 Knock Out cup, scoring twice in the 38pts – 10 win over Redingensians in May 2011, and wining the Academy “Young Player of the Year” award.  He went on to captain the Blues Academy squad in 2011/12 season lifting the National U19 Knock Out cup in the 31pts - 15 win over Ivybridge in May 2012. 

It was to be a frustrating afternoon at Goldington Road as Bedford Blues tasted defeat against Nottingham with an 80th minute Darryl Veenendaal conversion winning it for the Green and Whites.

The Blues, in truth, were fortunate to be ahead at that point in the game after a disappointing end to the first 40 minutes and a miserable start to the second half second half had seen the visitors come from 22-0 down to lead 22-29. Tom James and Piers O’Conor crossed in the final ten minutes to give the Blues a slender lead before Tobias Freeman galloped over and former Blue Veenendaal sealed the win.

*The Blues have been forced to make a late change as Myles Dorrian is ruled out of today's game with an injury. He's replaced on the bench by Jason Hill.

Bedford Blues make a welcome return to Goldington Road this weekend with the expectation of plenty of fireworks on the pitch as Nottingham pay a visit in the Greene King IPA Championship.

Games between the Blues and Nottingham are much anticipated and full-bloodied affairs with both teams happy to play the conditions while looking for the opportunity to throw the ball around.

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