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Rayer rues missed chances as Blues suffer cup defeat at Connacht With Thanks to Bedfordshire on Sunday, Written byDAN PALMER

Bedford Blues Director of Rugby Mike Rayer was left to rue wasted opportunities as his side came away with nothing from today’s British & Irish Cup clash at Connacht Eagles.  The return fixture is this Saturday at Goldington Road with an EARLY 2pm Kick Off.

Rayer’s men made the journey across the Irish Sea to Galway but were beaten 17-8 and left without even a losing bonus point after a game they should have won.

Bedford Blues make the trip over to Ireland for this weekend's B&I Cup clash with Connaught knowing that continuity is key as they step into the unknown.

Following the Blues 28-26 win over Championship leaders London Welsh last weekend, Bedford make just two changes to the starting line-up with Darryl Veenendaal starting at scrum half and Phil Boulton coming into the front row.

There is also a place on the bench for Argentinian prop Tomas Gilardon Paz and young number 9 Ben Calder.

The Blues Academy play the Saracens Academy on Monday December 9th, at the Sarances' Allianz Park ground, Greenlands Lane, NW4 1RL, Kick Off at 7.30 pm.  Admission is free and all are welcome.

Bedford, who are without a number of players due to injury or illness, delay naming their team until Monday.  

Congratulations to Academy winger/full back Aaron Morris who has been selected to start for the England U18 side that take on Australia Schools at Harrow School on Wednesday December 4 (kick-off 1.00pm) streamed lived on RFU.com and youtube.com/officialrfutv.

Morris, who played for the England U18 Clubs & Schools XV earlier this year, has now been selected for the full England U18 squad, and is the only non Premiership Academy player in the squad.

The Blues Academy welcomed the New South Wales Country XV to Goldington Road and after a tight game were winners by 17pts - 10.  The New South Wales Country Rugby Union (NSWCRU), covers over 80% of the regional and rural areas of New South Wales outside the Sydney metropolitan district - over one hundred clubs with a Senior, Junior, Schools and Women player base of over thirty six thousand people.  The NW Country U18 XV are touring the UK and playing games against Glamorgan Wanderers and Oaklands College/Saracens as well as Bedford Blues Academy.

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