1st XV News

Bedford Blues are delighted to announce that captain Nick Fenton-Wells and hooker Charlie Clare have been selected in the Championship XV squad to face Canada at Sixways Stadium on Sunday 2nd November.

Skipper Fenton-Wells joined the Blues permanently this season following a successful two-year loan period from Saracens and was announced as captain for the 2014/15 season having made an enormous impression in his time at Goldington Road.

Bedford Blues will be making the full use of their squad as they make the long trip down to Penzance to face Cornish Pirates in the British & Irish Cup this weekend.

The Blues have been buoyed on by two league wins on the trot against Jersey and Plymouth Albion while a strong second half display against London Scottish acted as the catalyst for the recent turn of fortunes on the field.

Games against the Pirates in Cornwall are never easy and Blues Team Manager Rob Crowle is expecting another bruising battle on Sunday afternoon.

Bedford Blues Club Night will continue this Friday following a successful first attendance last week in the Eagle Bar at Goldington Road.

Commencing at 19:00 this week’s live Aviva Premiership coverage will see Leicester Tigers lock horns with Harlequins in a humdinger at Welford Road with all draught beers remaining available at Happy Hour prices.

Director of Rugby, Mike Rayer has placed a key focus on discipline ahead of the Blues away trip against Cornish Pirates this weekend in the opening British and Irish Cup fixture of the season following pleasing performances in his side’s last two outings.  

Bedford overcame Jersey last Saturday to register their first home win of the season having trailed at the break, 3-8.  However a strong second half performance saw Rayer’s men rampage the Islanders’ defence to score three tries and secure a 25-20 victory to leave the team in positive spirits ahead of this Sunday’s match.

Goldington Road was treated to a rollercoaster game in the Greene King IPA Championship on Saturday afternoon as Bedford dug in deep to pick up a deserved win over a defiant Jersey side who battled until the final whistle.

It was a day of threes with three tries for the hosts through James Pritchard, Patrick Tapley and Jake Sharp, three for the visitors via Drew Locke, Nicky Griffiths and Martin Garcia-Veiga and referee Andrew Jackson showing three yellow cards during the 80 minutes to Sam Lockwood, Mike Howard and Mark McCrea.

Bedford return to Goldington Road to face Jersey this weekend following two trips on the road which was the Blues pick up their first victory of the season against Plymouth.

The Blues had been left frustrated after taking two bonus points off London Scottish a fortnight ago, but they took that frustration and turned it into a bonus point victory against Albion thanks to a brace of tries from Dean Adamson and one apiece for Paul Tupai and Pat Tapley.

Now the Blues are looking to continue that good fortune as they welcome Jersey to Goldington Road for the encounter on Saturday afternoon.

After last weekend’s victorious outing away at Plymouth, Bedford Blues Forwards Coach Martin Hynes is confident back on home turf this Saturday and is looking forward to another tight encounter against Jersey at Goldington Road (Kick Off 3pm).

The Blues won their first game of the season last Saturday, scoring four tries to secure an elusive try bonus point to elevate them up the and Championship table. Ahead of this weekend’s clash with the Islanders, the former Northampton Saints front rower maintains that improvement is the key objective and that he is confident the boys are heading in the right direction.

Following the announcement from Bedford Blues Chairman, Geoff Irvine, that he will be standing down from his position at the end of the 2015/16 season, an outside group has been formed to examine the relationship between Bedford Blues and the local community.

Following the first phase of their work and a survey to gather the importance of rugby in Bedford, Geoff Irvine believes that the best way that the people of Bedford can show their support for the Club is to turn up on Saturday to cheer on Bedford Blues as they face Jersey in the Greene King IPA Championship (gates open at midday with kick off at 3pm).

Bedford Blues are pleased to announce changes to their weekly Club Night event in attempt to improve attendance. The revamped evenings will now be held on Friday nights at 19:00 in the Eagle Bar to incorporate BT Sport’s live coverage of Aviva Premiership matches with all draught beers available at Happy Hour prices.

Following review of many areas, the Club has changed the Club Night experience to further improve their offering for supporters and in answer to recent feedback and in consideration with regular attendees the Blues hope Friday evenings will prove a great success watching first class rugby with cheaper beer prices.

Bedford Blues are delighted to announce a brand new ‘£3 Happy Hours’ initiative on draught beers upstairs in the Eagle Bar to be trialled at the next home game against Jersey on Saturday 4th October.

To ensure Blues supporters get the most from their match day experience and get through the gates that little bit earlier; Wells Eagle IPA, McEwan’s Lager, Young’s London Stout, Wells Eagle Smooth and Somersby Cider will all be available at just £3 a pint between the hours of 12 noon and 14:30 this Saturday upstairs in the Eagle Bar. There is a saving of nearly a £1 on most pump beers, so don’t miss out!

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