1st XV News

Bedford Blues have included two debutants in their team that heads to face Bristol at Ashton Gate on Sunday afternoon.

Bedford Director of Rugby Mike Rayer gives first competitive starts in a Blues shirt to dual registered Saracens winger George Perkins and lock Mark Flanagan who joined the club from Mont-de-Marsan.

It’s time to dust down the clubs, give the shoes a polish, and practice your wave to the crowd as you recover your ball from the hole as Bedford Blues prepare to host their annual golf day.

This year’s event will take place on Wednesday 7th October at the Beds & County Golf Club in Clapham.

The event will consist of a four man team competition with the top four teams all scooping a prize along with the individual with the longest drive and nearest the pin, there's even a booby prize for those not meeting the cut.

The online ticketing system is now up and running for the new season with Bedford Blues fans able to buy advanced discounted tickets via the website for all Greene King IPA Championship and British & Irish Cup fixtures from their PC,  smartphone or tablet.

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 Pro12 region with tries coming courtesy of Joel Conlon, Mark Flanagan, Dean Adamson and 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.

Bedford Blues head off to Wales this weekend to complete their pre-season fixture list with a tricky tie against Pro 12 giants the Scarlets on Saturday afternoon.

Mike Rayer’s men will be making their way to Llandovery RFC’s Church Bank Playing Fields to take on one of the biggest teams in Wales rugby and a side who defeated Championship rival Jersey 40-27 last weekend.

The Blues take a squad of 26 players across the Brecon Beacons but will be without skipper Nick Fenton-Wells who has suffered a back spasm while Hayden Thompson-Stringer misses out with a hip injury.

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.

Bedford Blues continued their preperations for the Greene King IPA Championship season with a seven try 18-45 win over Plymouth Albion at Brickfields on Saturday evening. There were two tries for Pete White along with one apiece for Myles Dorrian, George Perkins, Hayden Thompson-Stringer, Jordan Burns and Camilo Parili-Ocampo.

Albion took the lead early on with a well struck Bill Searle penalty before the Blues kicked into gear with two tries quick fire tries. White scored from close range having been played in by Joel Conlon before Dorrian took advantage of some lacklustre defending to score under the posts. The Australian converted both to make it 3-14.

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.

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