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Bedford Blues are pleased to announce that a further four members of the current squad have put pen to paper on new deals to remain at Goldington Road next season.

Back rower Ben Adams, lock Will Carrick-Smith, scrum half Jordan Burns and centre Ollie Dodge have all signed new contracts with the Blues for the 2017/18 Championship season joining Ben Cooper and Michael Le Bourgeois who signed again last month.

Bedford Blues put in a Herculean-esq performance on Sunday afternoon to pick up a much needed and morale boosting 21-24 victory over Nottingham in the Greene King IPA Championship.

Last season, the Blues scored deep in stoppage time to record a win over the Green and Whites and they left it late once again as Dan George went over form the back of a driving maul to put the Blues ahead with just a couple of minutes left on the clock.

Things hadn't started in the best of fashion at Lady Bay for the visiting Blues as Jake Sharp's attempted clearance was charged down but Charlie Thacker's subsequent kick ahead rolled out of the Blues try area.

Promotion from the Championship to the Premiership will be decided on who finishes top of the league after the RFU Council approved a three-season plan to remove the end-of-season play-off system between the top four teams.

From next season, the club who finishes top of the table will be crowned the winner of the Greene King IPA Championship and will be promoted into Premiership Rugby the following season if they satisfy the Minimum Standards Criteria of the premier club competition.

Bedford Blues have announced a much changed line-up for their trip to Lady Bay on Sunday afternoon as they face Nottingham in the Greene King IPA Championship.

The Blues will be looking to bounce back immediately following their home defeat to Ealing Trailfinders last weekend. The two teams appeared to be evenly matched, but the visitors pulled away in the last ten minutes and Bedford couldn't find a way back into the game.

Bedford Blues have secured the services of experienced prop James Hallam for the remainder of the 2016/17 Greene King IPA Championship season.

After it was confirmed that Jack Culverhouse would require surgery to a hip injury, the Blues moved quickly to sign Hallam ahead of the transfer deadline which passed on Friday 24th February.

Speaking about the signing, Blues Director of Rugby Mike Rayer said: "James has considerable experience in the Championship and we are delighted to welcome him to Goldington Road for the remainder of the season. 

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