Bedford Blues are delighted to announce the signing of utility back Ed Coulson for the 2018/19 Greene King IPA Championship season.
Coulson, 22, signs from fellow Championship side Hartpury College who he had joined at the start of this campaign. Primarily a fullback, Coulson can also play on the wing, in the centre or at fly half and offers plenty of options to the Blues back line.
Having been part of the London Irish set-up as a youngster, Coulson joined the Bath Academy when he attended Sherborne School in Dorset, and played in the A League and Premiership Sevens as well as spending time in South Africa with Western Province. With some star names ahead of him at Bath, a move to Newcastle followed but Coulson suffered a series of hamstring injuries which never allowed him to establish himself with the Falcons.
Coulson undertook a lengthy rehabilitation process which included a spell in Australia with Manly Marlins before returning to the UK last summer with Hartpury where he enjoyed a fine campaign.
Speaking about the new signing, Blues Director of Rugby Mike Rayer said: “What impresses me most about Ed is that he was prepared to go to great lengths to get back on track and he did this all off his own back and has shown great determination and resilience to get where he is now.
“Ed made a real impact in our game against Hartpury a few months ago when he came on and it was clear that he is someone who wants to play as much rugby as possible. He put in some big hits, made some great runs and showed excellent distribution - he really caught our eye and we’re really pleased he’s decided to join us.”
Ed joins the growing numbers at Goldington Road next season along with fellow new signings Oli Curry, Charlie Clare and Hayden King. Re-signings include Justin Blanchet, Camilo Parilli-Ocampo, Dean Adamson, Rich Lane, Will Carrick-Smith, Harry Sheppard, Josh Buggea, Will Hooley, Ed Taylor and Michael Le Bourgeois. Lee Dickson, Alex Rae, Jarad Williams, Chris Czekaj, Sean McCarthy and Ben Cooper are already contracted for the 2018/19 campaign.

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Saturday 21st September
1st XV Cup
Goldington Road