1st XV News

Seven of Bedford Blues new signings will start the pre-season clash against Pontypridd on Saturday afternoon.

The game, which kicks off at 2.30pm at Cilfynydd RFC, will be the first competitive action of the season for Mike Rayer’s squad and follows a training camp in Cardiff.

As well as the seven debutants in the starting line-up, there will also be five new faces on the replacements bench as the Blues coaches make full use of the squad in preparation for the campaign ahead. Mike Howard will captain the team with newly appointed skipper Michael Le Bourgeois among the replacements.

Bedford Blues are delighted to announce that Michael Le Bourgeois has been chosen as captain for the forthcoming Green King IPA Championship season.

Booj, as he is more commonly known, joined the Blues in 2013 having come through the ranks at Jersey, plying most of his rugby at outside-half or full-back. The 26-year-old has continued his development at the Blues and has become one of the most consistent performing centres in the league.

The Followers have been putting in a superb shift this summer helping prepare the ground for the new season, and now it's time for the big final push!

This Saturday and throughout the rest of August, Phil Novis and Baz Townsend will lead the tidy up at Goldington Road to help maintain the facilities for the coming campaign - and they need your help!

The Club have invested significant sums this year on a facilities project at the home of Bedford Blues, but need the support of the followers to complement the work with an array of smaller jobs including painting, weeding and general tidying, as well as some larger jobs.

Bedford Blues are thrilled to announce that their new Community Rugby Department will be headed up by former player and current coach Ben Gulliver.
 
Gulliver has an impressive playing CV having competed at the highest level with both Worcester Warriors and Leicester Tigers. The lock started his career with the Saracens Academy before playing for Coventry, Plymouth Albion, Cornish Pirates, Bedford Blues and, most recently, Ampthill.
 

Bedford Blues are pleased to announce the launch of a new Print @ Home Ticketing System ahead of the new season with tickets for the pre-season matches against Saracens and Pontypridd available now.

The new partnership with Eclipse Ticketing will enable fans to purchase tickets online and print off at home before being scanned through the turnstiles at Goldington Road on match day.

The Club have further discounted online ticket sales with a huge £4.00 saving online over match day prices for the Saracens match and all Championship games this season.

The Bedford Blues Community Rugby Department is excited to announce that the first of its rugby camps will be taking place in August.
 
The inaugural pre-season rugby camp will be open to players of all ages and abilities with boys and girls being welcomed to the sessions which take place over three days at Goldington Road.
 
Youngsters will be able to train as professional rugby players while also being put through their paces with a variety of drills including core skills, evasion tactics and fun-packed games all under the close tutelage of experienced players and coaches.
 

Bedford Blues are delighted to reveal their brand new home kit for the 2016/17 Greene King IPA Championship season.
 
The new strip has been on display at Bedford River Festival over the weekend with Blues players modelling the kit while fans have been able to pre-order their new jersey for the coming campaign.
 
Bedford Blues have worked closely with manufacturers Zoo Sports to design a kit that is both practical for the players and something that the fans will enjoy wearing.
 

The British & Irish Cup fixtures have been announced today with Bedford Blues drawn in Pool 5 against fellow Championship sides Yorkshire Carnegie and Ealing Trailfinders as well as the Dragons Premiership Select side.

After reaching the quarter-finals of the cup competition last season, Mike Rayer’s men will be hoping to go even further this season, but know that they face a tough journey to get out of the Pool stages.

Bedford Blues will be playing in a brand new kit for the 2016/17 Greene King IPA Championship season and you will be able to see it in its entirety at Bedford River Festival this weekend.

While the design of the new kit is being kept a closely guarded secret until Saturday, we can reveal a sneaky pic of part of the jersey and believe that fans will be more than happy with the new design.

Mike Rayer’s men will be in attendance at the River Festival this weekend and it is the perfect opportunity to pop along to the Sports Village to see the new kit and meet a number of new Blues signings as well as some familiar faces.

The Bedford Rugby Followers' Association will be running a coach to the friendly match against Pontypridd on Saturday 13th August in Blues first match of the new season.

The coach will leave the Goldington Road gates at 8am en route to South Wales. The cost is £25 for Adults and £13 for Juniors, open to all supporters for return travel.

If you would like to make the journey west please contact Followers travel coordinator Margaret Appleton on 01234 354708 as soon as possible to book your place on the coach.

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