The Blues arrive back at Goldington Road this Friday night for the opening home match of the season against European and English Champions Saracens as rugby returns to Bedford with a bang (Kick Off 19:45).

Fresh from a very successful pre-season training camp in Cardiff with a healthy 66-14 victory against Pontypridd, Mike Rayer’s men will be targeting another good performance versus the sizeable task Mark McCall’s troops will deliver.

The Club would like to extend their thanks to Georgia Nash who has helped raise funds for a new permanent defibrillator in the Eagle Bar at Goldington Road.

Whilst the Club hope supporters will not have a need for it, the defib device, which gives a high energy electric shock to the heart to someone who is in cardiac arrest, has proved a lifesaving addition to many sporting grounds around the UK.

The Blues Medical team already have one pitchside and the on-site Ambulance is more than well equipped, but to have a permanent defib at Goldington Road all-year round is a welcome addition.

97 days on from the Championship play-off semi-final defeat to Bristol, Bedford Blues were back in action in preparation for the coming campaign as they defeated Welsh Principality side Pontypridd 14-66 on Saturday afternoon.

The Blues, who were fielding 12 new faces in the match day squad, ran in ten tries during the course of the game with Pat Tapley securing a hat-trick, debutant scrum half Tom James scored a brace while Jacob Fields, Elliot Clements-Hill, Jordan Burns, Jason Hill and Jack Culverhouse all crossed the whitewash. Myles Dorrian converted five of the tries with Jake Sharp chipping over three more.

Seven of Bedford Blues new signings will start the pre-season clash against Pontypridd on Saturday afternoon.

The game, which kicks off at 2.30pm at Cilfynydd RFC, will be the first competitive action of the season for Mike Rayer’s squad and follows a training camp in Cardiff.

As well as the seven debutants in the starting line-up, there will also be five new faces on the replacements bench as the Blues coaches make full use of the squad in preparation for the campaign ahead. Mike Howard will captain the team with newly appointed skipper Michael Le Bourgeois among the replacements.

Bedford Blues are delighted to announce that Michael Le Bourgeois has been chosen as captain for the forthcoming Green King IPA Championship season.

Booj, as he is more commonly known, joined the Blues in 2013 having come through the ranks at Jersey, plying most of his rugby at outside-half or full-back. The 26-year-old has continued his development at the Blues and has become one of the most consistent performing centres in the league.



Next Home Match

Saturday 5th November
1st XV Championship
Goldington Road