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Bedford Blues have bolstered their ranks with the capture of Tongan international utility back Viliami Hakalo.

Hakalo, who can play in the centre or at fullback, made his test debut for Tonga coming off the bench against Japan in 2006 when he was just 19 years old.

Now 27, Billy and Mako Vunipola’s cousin joins the Blues from Toa Saracens in Tonga with the intention of adding some South Sea Islander magic to Bedford’s back line and staking a claim for a spot in the Tongan World Cup squad.

Following a superb second half performance away to London Scottish last Saturday, narrowly missing out on victory, Bedford Blues Backs Coach Paul Larkin is in positive spirits ahead of the big clash with Plymouth Albion this weekend at Brickfields (KO 3pm).

Gaining their first two points of the new Championship season and scoring four tries in the capital against the league’s leading form side may be considered a good result, but having been denied a controversial try by Paul Tupai in the closing moments the Blues are rather reflecting on what should have been.

Bedford Blues narrowly missed out on a bonus five point win away at The Athletic Ground after an apparent try by Paul Tupai was controversially disallowed moments before the final whistle to clinch victory for London Scottish. 

Scottish started the stronger using a bulldozing maul tactic; accouting for three of their four first half tries. A try for Scottish just before half time brought the score to 26-13, but this was by no means the end for the Blues. 

In a tough game against the older RAF U23 side the Blues took a half time lead of 14pts – 10, playing up the slope, before scoring five second half tries to win by 45pts – 10.


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The Blues Academy are in action at home this week when they welcome the RAF U23 XV to Goldington Road. KO 2.30 pm, Saturday September 20th.  This is the first of two fixtures against the RAF U23 XV the Blues Academy are playing this season, as the RAF prepare for the Inter-Services tournament later this year.

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