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Bedford Blues have started the second phase of their pre-season by heading off to Belfast for a four day training camp.

It was a 6am start for the Blues players and coaches today (Thursday) as they set off for Heathrow Airport before jetting off to Northern Ireland where they will be put through their paces across the long weekend.

After arriving at George Best Airport, the squad had no time for sightseeing as they made their way to Belfast Harlequins RFC to crack on with the first training session of the trip. After a quick bite to eat, it was onto the training pitch as the coaching staff put the players through the training regime.

You could be forgiven for thinking that Bedford Blues players are the only ones getting ready for the season ahead but our fantastic Followers are also gearing up for the new Greene King IPA Championship campaign.

Before the business of league rugby begins with a Friday night trip to Nottingham, the Followers are looking into the possibility of taking a coach down to West London for when the Blues face Ealing Trailfinders in their second pre-season friendly.

Congratulations to 18 year old Blues Academy centre, Nico Defeo, who has been selected for the Italy U20 squad for their four match tour of Ireland in August.  Italy will play the four Irish provinces, Connacht, Leinster, Munster and Ulster, as part of their preparation for this year's Six Nations tournament.

Nico, who captained the Bedford Modern School 1st XV last year, and has just completed his "A" levels at BMS, impressed the Italian selectors, during a week long training camp in Pisa, Italy last week.

Do you have the gift of the gab? Have you got the charm of George Clooney? How about the wit of Eric Morecambe? And fingers crossed you’ll have the rugby nous of Bill McLaren? Well if you can answer yes to these four questions then you could be the person that we are looking for.
 
After many years of fantastic service, Sam Roberts has reluctantly given up the Goldington Road microphone to take up the fantastic role of commentating on Premiership Rugby matches (another Blue pinched by the Prem!). While everyone at the club is delighted for Sam, it does mean that boots need to be filled.
 

Bedford Blues players were well and truly put through their paces last night (24 July) after swapping the gym and training field of Goldington Road for the boats and river of Bedford Rowing Club.
 
As well as taking to the water, the Blues and the Rowing Club were also raising awareness and funds for Testicular Cancer charities.
 
After Thursday evening’s usual training session, Mike Rayer’s men headed down to Bedford Rowing Club where they were split into a number of teams and then shared amongst the rowing club’s coaches.
 

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