1st XV News

Rugby fans were given a treat on Tuesday night when the Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour arrived at Goldington Road with the Webb Ellis Cup.

Hundreds of fans patiently waited to get themselves snapped with the famous trophy - lifted by Martin Johnson for England in 2003 - following the East Midlands reception which was held in the Scrum Hall.

Bedford Blues Chairman, Geoff Irvine said: “We were delighted to host the Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour and it was fantastic to see so many people from across the county descending on the club to see this special Trophy in the build up to this year’s exciting tournament.

Rugby is back and boy, have we missed it! A cracking 1564 turned up at Goldington Road on Saturday afternoon as Bedford Blues got their pre-season campaign underway in a triangular tournament against Ampthill and Old Albanians.

Director of Rugby Mike Rayer made full use of his squad with 28 players being used across the two 40 minute games.

Being the politest of hosts, the Blues played up the slope in both encounters with the first being against Ampthill who were promoted to National One last season.

Bedford Blues will be making full use of their squad as they face Ampthill and Old Albanians in Saturday’s triangular friendly at Goldington Road.

The Blues will be taking on Ampthill at 2pm before facing Old Albanians at 3pm. Ampthill and Old Albanians will then go head-to-head at 4pm.

Blues Director of Rugby Mike Rayer has included new signings Piers O’Conor, Sam Blanchet, Myles Dorrian and Sam James in the team to face Ampthill while Jordan Burns, Jack Culverhouse, Mark Flanagan and Joel Conlon line up against Old Albanians along with trialists Elliot Clements-Hill, Billy Harding and Brian Tuilagi.

Bedford Blues launch their 2015/16 pre-season campaign this Saturday with a triangular feast of rugby against both Ampthill and Old Albanians (Kick Off 2pm).

Tickets are just £5.00 for adults and FREE for Under 16s, and with so many new faces set to play it is a must-see fixture as the Goldington Road gates are opened for a fresh new season from 12 noon, Saturday 15 August.

It's a warm, sunny afternoon at Goldington Road when we caught up with Bedford Blues Director of Rugby Mike Rayer as he continues the planning for the coming season while the players enjoy a week off.

Last season, things kind of fizzled out for the Blues and it was a campaign that they will quickly forget as they look ahead to what's in front of them. What is clear though, is that there is a renewed vigour around the squad and a certain amount of excitement among the players and coaches ahead of the opening pre-season encounter next weekend.

On Wednesday 28th October, just three days before the Rugby World Cup Final, Bedford Blues are delighted to welcome Nigel Owens to a Sportsman’s Dinner being held in the Blues Marquee.

Renowned for his quick retorts to defuse even the ugliest of scenes on the field - "If you want a cwtch, do it after the match” - Owens has established himself as one of the best and most respected referees in the world.

In less than three weeks’ time, the Webb Ellis Cup will visit Goldington Road as part of the Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour on Tuesday 18th August with your chance to take a ‘trophy selfie’.

Bedford Blues will welcome rugby’s greatest prize between 20:00 – 22:00, with a public event open from 19:30 in the Blues Marquee for all supporters to view and take a selfie on stage from 20:30 when the Trophy enters.

Bedford Blues are seeking a Media and Marketing Intern for the 2015/16 season as the club looks to continue momentum on and off the field to help improve their communications output. The role will give the successful applicant the opportunity to work within the professional sporting environment of a Greene King IPA Championship Club for an eight to twelve month period, on a part-time basis including match-days.

The position will give the chosen intern an opportunity to experience life in a fast-moving industry and would ideally suit a student looking to fill a long-term work placement, or a recent graduate looking to break into sports media and marketing.

In less than four weeks, Bedford Blues will be kicking off their pre-season campaign with a triangular encounter against near neighbours Ampthill and Old Albanians.
 
On Saturday 15th August, the Goldington Road gates will be opened with the Blues facing National One opponents Ampthill at 2pm before taking on Old Abanians at 3pm. The afternoon will be rounded off with Ampthill pitting their wits against Old Albanians at 4pm with all games lasting 40 minutes.
 

Bedford Blues and Saracens are delighted to announce an extension on their current working agreement which will see two players moving to Goldington Road for the 2015/16 Championship season.

Joel Conlon and Tom Griffiths have both signed deals with the Blues for the coming campaign but, in an emergency, they will be able to return to Saracens on loan.

Blues Chairman Geoff Irvine said: “We have a fantastic working relationship with Saracens and this further deal means that Bedford benefit from having two impressive signings while Saracens are safe in the knowledge that should they need to call on them, they can do so.

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