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Bedford Blues building process for the 2017/18 Championship season has continued with the signing of two impressive young backs.

Heading to Goldington Road next season will be Exeter Chiefs fly half Will Hooley and Northampton Saints winger Howard Packman.

Cambridge born Hooley, 24, is a former England Under 20 international who came through the Acadmey system at Northampton Saints before going on to make 14 first team appearances and scoring 77 points.

The Bedford Blues fans who made the long Easter weekend trip to Penzance were given an afternoon of running rugby played very much in the style of a pre-season friendly which ended 40-40.

A try at the death for Myles Dorrian in his last appearance in a Blues jersey was converted by Elliot Clements-Hill to ensure that the game finished honours even at a sunny Mennaye Field which saw 12 tries in a pulsating end to end game.

Bedford Blues are delighted to announce that three more members of the current squad have put pen to paper on brand new deals which will keep them at Goldington Road for the 2017/18 season.

Prop Camillo Parilli-Ocampo along with back row stars Josh Buggea and Ed Taylor have all committed to the Blues for another campaign as Bedford look to put together an experienced squad who will push for top honours next season.

Speaking about the re-signings, Director of Rugby Mike Rayer said: "To be able to have three young, talented players back in the squad next season is a real pleasure and I'm sure that the fans will be just as delighted.

Bedford Blues have announced their 2017/18 Season Ticket packages with a fifth successive price freeze for what promises to be an exciting season on the back of recent signings.

Membership offers supporters the chance to enjoy an enthralling Blues’ campaign at Goldington Road with frozen prices, large savings on match day prices and a host of additional benefits when purchased before the end of June.

There are more ways to complete your Season Ticket purchase with existing holders paying no booking fee if you email season@bedfordrugby.co.uk for an online payment link.

While new signings have dominated Bedford Blues news in recent weeks, there will be players leaving Goldington Road this summer with one of the most notable being long-serving lock Mike Howard.

Howard, 31, has been a mainstay of the second row since joining from North Walsham after a successful trial in 2008 and he has played a huge role in the Blues' successes ever since.

With well over 200 Blues appearances to his name, Howard has been a true stalwart of the club and as such he will be honoured with a testimonial game at Goldington Road on Saturday 6th May.

A taste of the West Country will be coming to Goldington Road in May with the launch of the town’s very own Sausage and Cider Festival on Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th.

The event takes place at the home of the Blues and celebrates real cider made by artisan producers around the country and the art of sausage making, along with an array of live music acts and family activities to keep the party going.

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