This Bank Holiday Sunday 26th August sees Goldington Road host Queens Rugby Club against a Bedfordshire County Invitational XV to mark the start of Queens Centenary celebrations (Kick Off 3pm).

There is a strong Blues theme throughout both sides with former player Mouritz Botha invitationally coaching the Queens side as well as Club Captain and former Blues and Moseley centre Simon Brading now leading the side out in the back row.  

The County select XV contains players from various Bedfordshire clubs; including Bedford Athletic, Bedford Swifts, Stockwood Park and Biggleswade as well as a selection of former Blues players.

Blues fan favourite Paul Tupai will pack down in the back row alongside other ex-Blues; Corey Hircock, Jon Wells and Ashley Tapper, who will also coach the invitational side.

The match is free to attend for supporters with gates opening at 1pm ahead of the 3pm kick off. The Scrum Hall and Trailer Bar will be open with food available throughout the day for a feast of local rugby.  

Queens Rugby Club was formed in 1918 by soldiers returning from World War 1. Originally known as Queens Works, they have been called Queens since the 1970s. Although only a small club now, competing at Level 8 in the league structure, Queens most notable achievement was their victory at Twickenham against St Albans in the 1995 Pilkington Shield. That team also included a number of former Blues players; captain on that day Darryl Fale also went on to play for Taranaki and the Hurricanes in Super Rugby back in his native New Zealand.