1st XV News

Bedford Blues have further strengthened their squad for the 2015/16 Greene King IPA Championship season with the loan signings of Wasps duo Piers O'Conor and Alex Lundberg.

England Under 20s fullback O’Conor, 19, and prop Lundberg, 20, have been training with the senior Wasps squad all season and both featured in the LV=Cup this season. The pair also made their Goldington Road debuts during the Mobbs Memorial game at the beginning of the month.

Bedford Blues return to Goldington Road this weekend for their final match of the 2014/15 Greene King IPA Championship season as they prepare to face fifth placed Nottingham on Saturday 25th April (Kick Off 3pm).

The Club hope supporters will turn out in force to mark the close of another Championship season and End of Season Party with live music following the final whistle and the Followers’ Player of the Season Presentation.

Bedford Blues will be opening its gates this Sunday 26th April to some of the most talented young rugby players in the country as Goldington Road plays host to the Under 19s 10-a-side tournament.

The invitational competition is designed to showcase the player development work being carried out across a number of Championship clubs as well as giving the lads something competitive to focus on as the season comes to a close.

Bedford Blues were unfortunate to lose their final away game of the season on Saturday, a 25-19 defeat at Castle Park against Doncaster Knights, writes Ryan Lewis of Bedford Times & Citizen.

The Blues matched their hosts in the try count, with both sides scoring three apiece but two Dougie Flockhart penalties were the difference between two teams that have been leapfrogging each other in the standings throughout the season.

Bedford Blues will be aiming to finish their Championship campaign on a high note when they head to Castle Park to face Doncaster Knights for a fourth time this season.

The Knights won both games in the British & Irish Cup but the first league encounter at Goldington Road went the way of the Blues, 35-29, despite the visitors leading 23-9 at the interval.

Just two days after Bedford Blues named five players who will be running up the slope at Goldington Road next season, the club are delighted to be able to double that list.

Paul Tupai and Tom Williams have both agreed new contracts while Myles Dorrian returns on a two year deal and he will be joined by Irish lock Mark Flanagan and talented young prop Jack Culverhouse.

The annual Bedford Blues Touch League will be returning to Biddenham Upper School on Wednesday 6th May and we are looking for extra teams in this exciting revamped competition.

Touch rugby is one of the fastest growing sports in the UK with England even sending teams to the Touch World Cup taking place in Australia at the end of April.

The league, which has been running for fifteen years, has seen many different teams take part from local rugby clubs; Bedford Swifts and Bedford Athletic, to Cranfield University and regulars from the village of Carlton with new teams joining every year.

In this huge year of rugby, Bedford Blues are delighted to bring loyal supporters the chance to get their hands on 2015 QBE Rugby World Cup Warm-Up International tickets against both France and Ireland at Twickenham in August and September (application closing date: Monday 20th April).

This fantastic opportunity, only available for Blues season ticket holders and sponsors, allows rugby fanatics the chance to apply and purchase exclusive tickets for England’s matches against fierce rivals France on Saturday 15th August and Ireland on Saturday 5th September as Stuart Lancaster’s men undertake their final preparations ahead of RWC 2015.

Bedford Blues are pleased to announce the first new signing for the 2015/16 Greene King IPA Championship season along with four members of the current squad who have put pen to paper on new deals.

Captain Nick Fenton-Wells, hooker Charlie Clare and wingers Pat Tapley and Dean Adamson will be joined at Goldington Road next season by England Sevens star Sam Blanchet.

Bedford Blues fullback James Pritchard will join England’s Chris Jones and international players from Argentina, Fiji, Namibia and the USA in the Barbarians squad taking on Heriot’s next week to celebrate the Edinburgh club’s 125th anniversary.

Aviva Premiership and Greene King IPA Championship sides Exeter Chiefs, Saracens, Bedford Blues, Cornish Pirates, Jersey and Yorkshire Carnegie are all supporting the iconic invitation side for the Investec Cup match at Goldenacre on April 21 (6pm).

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