BLUES V ULSTER DATE CONFIRMED

Bedford Blues are happy to confirm that the British & Irish Cup quarter-final against Ulster Ravens will kick-off at 3pm on Saturday 31st March.

Tickets will be on sale from Monday 29th January and can be purchased with a £4 discount via the Blues website www.bedfordrugby.co.uk.

The quarter-final line-up for the competition was finalised on Monday afternoon following a meeting of the organising committee. Also determined at the meeting was the draw for the semi-finals which would see the winner of the game between Bedford and Ulster travelling away from home to face the winner of the match between Ealing Trailfinders and Yorkshire Carnegie or Cornish Pirates* on the weekend of 20th/21st/22nd April.

Speaking about the quarter-final encounter, Blues Director of Rugby Mike Rayer said: "We are a traditional rugby club so Saturday at 3pm was always our preferred option for the fixture to take place and we are pleased to confirm this for our fans and the travelling Ulster contingent.

"Given the toughness of the pool we were part of, we are delighted to have come on top of it and to secure an important home draw in the quarter-final. The quality of the sides left in the competition is outstanding and having that home draw will hopefully prove critical in us progressing.

"While it is always difficult to prepare for cup games against opposition you don't know very well, we have had the pleasure of facing Ulster a couple of times over the years and know they’ll be tough to get past. I'm sure that they’ll will be sending a very strong side over for the game in front of what I hope will be, a packed Goldington Road."

Tickets for the game against Ulster will be on sale from Monday on the club website where you can also buy discounted tickets for all Bedford Blues home games.

Quarter-finals, 30/31 March/1 April:
Quarter-final 1: Ealing Trailfinders v Yorkshire Carnegie OR Cornish Pirates*
Quarter-final 2: Jersey Reds v Doncaster Knights
Quarter-final 3: Leinster A v Munster A
Quarter-final 4: Bedford Blues v Ulster A
 
Semi-finals, 20/21/22 April:
Semi-final 1: Winner quarter-final 1 v quarter-final 4
Semi-final 2: Winner quarter-final 2 v quarter-final 3
 
Final, 11/12/13 May – Venue TBC

*Will be determined once the Cornish Pirates have played their postponed fixture against Hartpury College. Confirmation of the new date and kick off time to be released in due course

Next Home Match

Saturday 3rd March
1st XV Championship
Goldington Road
Kick-Off
3.00pm

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