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The Blues capped off their pre-season campaign with an impressive 13-27 win over Welsh Giants the Scarlets at Llandovery's Church Bank on Saturday afternoon.

Despite trailing 13-5 at the interval, Mike Rayer’s men put in a big performance to oversee the Pro 12 region with tries coming courtesy of Joel Conlon, Mark Flanagan, Dean Adamson and the evergreen Paul Tupai.

Just as important though was the physicality displayed by the Blues along with a staunch defence that limited the chances available to the hosts - something that Bedford will be eager to carry on once the Greene King IPA Championship season kicks off next weekend.

The Club are pleased to announce further details on the special ‘Meet the Players’ evening on Thursday 3rd September from 6pm at Goldington Road, exclusively for Season Ticket holders.

The new incentive was this year included in your Season Ticket package with an early chance to hear the views of the Director of Rugby, captain and other selected players ahead of the 2015-16 campaign.

A fans’ forum will follow the end of training at 7pm, but supporters will have a chance to mingle with the new recruits and existing Blues players between 6pm – 8pm. The players will also be modelling the new away jersey.

There can be no better way to enjoy Bedford Blues away matches in the Greene King IPA Championship this season than by joining the Bedford Rugby Followers Association on one of their coaches.

The Followers have worked tirelessly to support the Blues over the years and this season will be no different as they once again provide travelling fans with a cost effective way to get to every Championship game as well as B&I Cup fixtures.

This season’s Former Players Autumn Luncheon will be held on Saturday 3 October in the Blues Marquee as Bedford lock horns with Nottingham in the Blues second home league outing of the new campaign.

The hospitality lunch and entertainment affords a wonderful opportunity for those former players who are able to attend to have an update with their contemporaries, reminisce on days gone by and equally importantly to show their support for the current Blues side.

A three course lunch will be followed by an address by FPA Chairman Leigh Mansell before we hear from today’s squad prior to the 3pm Kick Off. Gates open at 12 noon with arrival at 12:30 prompt.

After 61 Caps, a record breaking 607 Points - made up of 18 Tries, 104 Conversions and 103 Penalties - and three Rugby World Cups in 2003, 2007 and 2011, James Pritchard has announced his retirement from international rugby. Here is what Skippy had to say about the decision.

"Well after 12 years of what I would like to describe as “living the dream”, I’ve finally come to realisation that there comes a time to hang up those trusty kicking boots and call time on my international playing days.

Rugby fans were given a treat on Tuesday night when the Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour arrived at Goldington Road with the Webb Ellis Cup.

Hundreds of fans patiently waited to get themselves snapped with the famous trophy - lifted by Martin Johnson for England in 2003 - following the East Midlands reception which was held in the Scrum Hall.

Bedford Blues Chairman, Geoff Irvine said: “We were delighted to host the Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour and it was fantastic to see so many people from across the county descending on the club to see this special Trophy in the build up to this year’s exciting tournament.

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