1st XV News

Blues travel to Old Deer Park this Saturday to renew their long-term acquaintances with London Welsh on what is set to be a hectic day in and around the Twickenham with local, national and international matches in the area (kick off 1pm).

If you are traveling to the match on the Followers Coach, please be advised the outward journey will now leave Goldington Road at 9am, rather than the advertised 9:30am. The supporters coach will then leave ODP shortly after the final whistle with South Africa v Samoa and England v Wales screened live in the Scrum Bar on arrival back at the Blues.

Bedford Blues tasted defeat for the first time in the Greene King IPA Championship as they went down 24-12 at London Scottish on Saturday afternoon.

Bedford put in a strong first half performance and went in 7-0 up at the interval thanks to a converted Pat Tapley try but the Blues would have been disappointed not to have racked up more points in an opening 40 minutes that they dominated. 

A resurgent London Scottish ran in two tries in four minutes to turn the tables before Pier O’Conor gave the Blues a fighting chance only for a Peter Lydon penalty and a Chris Walker try to put the game out of reach.

The Blues head to West London this weekend in relatively good health. Another bonus point win last weekend, coupled with an easing injury list mean they can keep all the squad involved and look to continue the improvements in their game.

With a trip to Richmond Athletic Ground on the horizon, Blues Team Manager Rob Crowle said: “We’ve been delighted with how the season has started particularly with our attacking game. We’ve scored some good tries and it’s given us a decent platform to build from.

Bedford Blues were delighted to unveil the new Club mascot last Saturday as a remake of the former Bedford Bear, redesigned and manufactured to be the community face of the Blues and help reconnect with the next generation of supporters.

Launched at Blues match against Moseley with his extended family of Bedford Bear bothers, the new mascots proved a successful addition and will be at all home games and across the town this season.

Supported by Bedford School Sports Partnership, the new mascot was designed by competition winner Ayo Ajayi, from Newnham Middle School, who we welcomed and hosted in hospitality last Saturday.

With Rugby World Cup 2015 starting this Friday with the opening ceremony and England v Fiji at Twickenham, why not share it with fellow Blues fans by watching the games at Goldington Road, surrounded by friends, fellow supporters and most importantly, ‘Happy Hour’ drinks prices.

Beginning this Friday 18th September, you can catch the below World Cup matches live on the screens at your rugby club:

Bedford Blues made it two out of two in the Greene King IPA Championship when they beat Moseley 38-32 on Saturday afternoon.

Games between the close rivals are normally high scoring and this was no exception with ten tries in total being run in – six to the Blues and four to the visitors.  

Sam Blanchet, Ollie Dodge, Harry Wells, Jordan Burns and Paul Tupai all scored while Jake Sharp also crossed the whitewash as well as converting  four times.

Having gotten their season off to the best possible start, Bedford Blues will be looking to build on their opening round win when Moseley pay a visit to Goldington Road on Saturday afternoon.

Bedford Director of Rugby Mike Rayer has been forced into a number of changes to the squad that beat Bristol at Ashton Gate last Sunday with Jordan Burns and Sam Blanchet both getting starting debuts while Nick Fenton-Wells, Harry Wells, Tom Williams and Ollie Dodge all making their first starts of the season.

Bedford Blues have discovered a gem in George Perkins, and fly-half Jake Sharp is happy to take some of the credit.

Saracens teenager Perkins arrived at Bedford this summer and hit the ground running, crossing over for two tries as they beat Bristol 29-23 at Ashton Gate in the opening round of the Greene King IPA Championship.

A 100m national schools champion at the age of 15, sprinter-turned-full-back Perkins impressed during this year’s Under-20 Six Nations and scored the winning try against France that handed his country the title.

Bedford Blues have snapped up New Zealand hooker Nathan Vella on a short term deal following the ankle injury suffered by Sam James last week.
New signing James fractured his ankle while preparing for the game against Bristol last weekend and is facing several weeks on the side lines.
Vella will be a familiar name to the Championship having previously helped London Welsh gain promotion to the Premiership in the 2013/14 season before representing the Exiles last season.

Bedford Blues return to Goldington Road this Saturday 12th September for the first home Championship fixture of the season against long term rivals Moseley (Kick Off 3pm).

Following a stand out performance in the opening round of the season to defeat Bristol 23-29, spirits in the squad are high with the players champing at the bit to run out in front of the Bedford faithful.



Next Home Match

Friday 16th October
1st XV
Goldington Road