1st XV News

Bedford Blues have named their squad for the penultimate Greene King IPA Championship fixture against Ealing Trailfinders on Saturday afternoon.

Trips to Vallis Way are notoriously tough, particularly with the home side still chasing promotion, but the Blues arrive off the back of a hard fought victory over Richmond and with the added bonus of a win over the hosts earlier in the season.

Tries from Chris Czekaj and Dean Adamson as well as 13 points from the boot of Will Hooley helped secure a 23-18 victory at Goldington Road back in January, but Bedford are expecting a huge challenge as Trailfinders look to chase down London Irish.

Good things come in threes and it is the case once again for Bedford Blues as they confirm a trio of names for next season’s squad.

Fly half Sam Leeming will be swapping the red of Hartpury for the Blue of Bedford following four years at the Gillman’s Ground while backs Ed Coulson and Pat Tapley have both put pen to paper on new deals to remain at Goldington Road.

Speaking about the captures, Blues Director of Rugby Mike Rayer said: “We are really excited about the shape of the squad so far. Being able to welcome Sam as well as having Pat and Ed signed up is wonderful news.

Bedford Blues ran in six tries during an entertaining afternoon of rugby at Goldington Road on Saturday afternoon, but they still had to dig deep to beat Richmond 41-35.

Watch Matt Worley reflect on the game and all of the scores HERE.

Bedford Blues have named their team to face Richmond at Goldington Road this Saturday in Round 20 of the Greene King IPA Championship.

Following a narrow defeat at Hartpury a fortnight ago, the Blues are looking to bounce back against the side from south west London but know they are in for a huge challenge with the visitors fighting for their league survival.

The two teams played out an enthralling contest earlier in the season in front of the Sky Sports cameras at the Richmond Athletic Ground. The game ended in an 11-27 victory for the Blues, but it was a lot closer than the scoreline suggested and much of the same is expected.

A whopping 1549 people were at Goldington Road on Wednesday night to honour the memory of Lt Col Edgar Mobbs in another pulsating game against the British Army which ended 52-31 to Bedford.

After soaking up some early pressure, a knock on gave the Blues an attacking scrum and they scored a super try in the third minute as Connor Tupai broke down the blindside before Ed Coulson turned on the gas to give Pat Tapley a simple run in to the corner with Harry Sheppard striking a wonderful conversion.

Bedford Blues will be mixing youth with experience on Wednesday night when they welcome the Army to Goldington Road for the Mobbs Memorial game.

First played in 1921, the Mobbs Memorial game honours Lieutenant Colonel Edgar Mobbs DSO, a true England rugby legend and a genuine hero of World War I. Formerly competed between the East Midlands and the Barbarians, the game now pits the British Army against Bedford Blues and Northampton Saints on alternate years and this year the match falls on Blues’ turf.

The action doesn’t stop at Goldington Road with a double home match week! Greene King IPA Championship rugby makes its return to Goldington Road this Saturday 13th April as the Blues look to bounce back with a victory over bottom placed Richmond (KO 3pm). Book online discounted tickets here

Bedford Blues are delighted to announce the capture of three new players for the 2019/20 Greene King IPA Championship season.

Arriving at Goldington Road in the summer will be scrum half Grayson Hart from London Scottish, hooker Robbie Smith from Glasgow Warriors and prop Joe Wrafter from Birmingham Moseley.

Speaking about the new arrivals, Blues Director of Rugby Mike Rayer said: "The squad for next season is really starting to take shape and I'm thrilled to be able to welcome a mixture of experience and youth to the ranks.

Bedford Blues are seeking a Strength and Conditioning Intern for the 2019/20 season to work under new department leader Jamie Bain at Goldington Road.

The role will give the successful applicant the opportunity to work within the professional sporting environment of a Championship Rugby Club.

Purpose of the internship:

It was a case of close but no cigar for the Blues on Saturday afternoon as they went down 28-26 against battling Hartpury.

A Charlie Clare brace plus one each for Jarad Williams and Dean Adamson secured a try bonus and a losing bonus point, but the Blues were left disappointed that they couldn't quite overcome the Gloucestershire outfit.

There was little to separate the two teams in the opening exchanges with neither team able to make much headway in the sunshine. The home side made good use of the boot to set up an attacking lineout, but Tom Seabrook slipped at the vital moment to let Bedford off the hook.


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