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Bedford Blues head into the sixth pool game of the British & Irish Cup knowing that a win over Nottingham will secure a quarter-final spot in the competition.

A hard fought 12-15 win over Ospreys in Port Talbot last Friday night meant that the Blues top Pool A and head into Saturday's fixture with their future very much in their own hands.

Bedford Blues Director of Rugby Mike Rayer is in a positive mood following training on Tuesday night as his charges prepare for the sixth and final pool game of the British & Irish Cup against Nottingham on Saturday afternoon.
 
The trip to Wales last Friday saw the Blues return with a hard-fought win, but it also came at a cost with injuries to Ollie Dodge and Harry Sheppard who could be side-lined for a few weeks after both suffered knocks to their shoulder.
 

Bedford Blues return home this weekend for a titanic battle against Nottingham in a must-win match with a British & Irish Cup Quarter Final spot at stake. Kick off is at the earlier time of 2pm so arrive early to avoid disappointment and become the Blues 16th man.

A win could cement a home knockout Cup tie which makes the match one of the most important this season following the excellent performances Mike Rayer’s men have delivered in Group A to lead the Pool ahead of reigning champions Munster.

Blues Community are pleased to announce another three-day rugby camp in February Half-Term on the 13th, 14th and 15th of next month for children of all ages at Goldington Road, click here to book your place.

The camp will be led under the ongoing coaching direction of ‘Learn to Play the Blues way’ with current first team Blues players taking some of the sessions.

Bedford Blues inched closer to the quarter finals of the British & Irish Cup with a hard fought win against the Ospreys Premier Select XV at Port Talbot on Friday night.

It wasn't the prettiest of games and it did come at a cost to the Blues in terms of injuries, but Bedford worked relentlessly to secure the win thanks to tries from Jordan Burns and Michael Le Bourgeois and kicks form Harry Sheppard and Will Hooley.

There wasn't a great deal to remember about the first 40 minutes which resembled a game of chess rather than rugby as both teams cancelled one another out.

***Bedford Blues have made two late changes to their team to face Ospreys tonight. Justin Blanchet comes in for Jack Nay at blindside flanker while Chris Czekaj replaces Matt Gallagher at fullback.***

Bedford Blues head into the fifth pool game of the British & Irish Cup looking to bounce back from a home defeat to Munster in the last round.

For the first time in many years, the Blues are picking from a fully fit squad with Mike Rayer selecting a strong 22 to travel to Aberavon for the Friday night fixture against Ospreys.

Bedford Blues sends congratulations to former committee member and lifelong supporter Tom Bullerwell on his 100th birthday this Sunday 7th January.

Tom was born in Rowlands Gill, a little village outside Newcastle in 1918. He attended Dame Allan’s School where he played for the 1st XV, before going on to play in the centres for Blaydon. He played in the unbeaten side of 1945/46 before taking up a job with East Africa Airlines in Kenya.

Serving in the Signals Division in the 8th Army in World War II, Tom attained the rank of Sergeant and was awarded the Military Medal by his Majesty King George VI on the 31st March 1945.

Bedford Blues are delighted to learn that fly half Will Hooley has been called up to the USA squad which will compete in the Americas Rugby Championship (ARC) in February.

The announcement of Will's inclusion to the Eagles travelling squad was made today (Thursday 4th January) by Head Coach and former Worcester Warriors, Natal Sharks, Bath and Newcastle supremo, Gary Gold.

Cambridge born Will, who joined Bedford in the summer from Exeter Chiefs, qualifies for USA through his grandmother who was born and raised in Hollywood, California.

Watch Northampton Saints Academy take on their Worcester Warriors counterparts this Saturday 6th January at Goldington Road in the Premiership Rugby U18 Academy League (KO 1pm).

Checkout some of the stars of tomorrow at the home of Bedford rugby as we host Saints Under 18s with free entry for all. Gates open to the public from 12 noon.

The Saints' Academy has long been considered the blue-print for English club rugby, consistently producing players capable of playing professional rugby ever since and the Blues are delighted to welcome this weekend as part of our partnership with our East Midlands neighbours.

Bedford Blues suffered an agonising defeat to high-flying Ealing Trailfinders as they went down 23-24 in front of a bumper 3401 fans at Goldington Road on Saturday afternoon.

Bedford were in the ascendancy at the interval thanks to an 18-0 lead courtesy of tries from Mike Le Bourgeois and Dean Adamson with Harry Sheppard kicking eight points, but after the break the visitors regathered to cut the lead to 18-17 before Alex Rae crashed over to make it a six point game. Sadly, Ealing crossed for a converted score and there was to be no fireworks as a last-gasp drop goal attempt from Will Hooley pulled wide of the posts.

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