1st XV News

Bedford Blues British & Irish Cup campaign fizzled out on Saturday afternoon as Mike Rayer's men went down 15-12 to the Newport Gwent Dragons Premiership Select XV.

A disruptive afternoon saw the game being shifted from The Bridge Field at Bedwas to the Dragons' Ystrad Mynach training ground due to the pitch being still frozen in places and not safe to play. The kick off at the new ground was delayed to 4.30pm with the Blues travelling from 6:30am.

Bedford Blues have named their team to head to South Wales on Saturday afternoon for the final British & Irish Cup group game against the Dragons Select XV.

While neither team can progress to the quarter-final stage, Mike Rayer's men will be looking to put in a big performance before attention turns back to the Greene King IPA Championship season next weekend.

Bedford make a host of changes for the game at Bedwas with Michael Le Bourgeois, Dean Adamson, Myles Dorrian and Jordan Burns returning to the backs while Jacob Fields, Christian Judge, Paul Tupai, Ed Taylor and Josh Buggea start up front.

Starting line-up:

Bedford Blues Community are delighted to announce another three-day rugby camp in February Half-Term on the 14th, 15th and 16th of next month with a special early bird and late leaver offer via our new community booking portal.

It’s all go in the community team with a host of camps set up for the coming holidays, the first of which this February will deliver a hands-on rugby experience again at Goldington Road.

Bedford's chances of reaching the quarter finals of the British & Irish Cup came to an end on Saturday afternoon as they went down 12-29 to Yorkshire Carnegie.

Tries from Ollie Dodge and Tom Whiteley did give Bedford hope in the second half, but the visitors had been clinical in finishing their chances and were tough to break down.

Bedford Blues have announced thier team for the crucial British & Irish Cup fixture with Yorkshire Carnegie that kicks off at 3pm on Saturday afternoon.

The teams have faced off twice already this season with the visitors holding a two nil victory with wins in the cup and league up in Yorkshire, but Saturday is the first game of the New Year at Goldington Road and the Blues will be looking to kick off 2017 in fine fashion in front of their own fans.

Bedford Blues are pleased to launch their January Shop Sale both online now and in the Club Store this Saturday with 20% off everything!

If you missed something off your Christmas list, fancy treating yourself or needing a present for a Blues’ supporter’s upcoming birthday, now is the time to take advantage and secure Blues merchandise at its lowest price ever.

The January offer which opens today, but could close anytime from Monday onwards, gives fans a huge 20% off every single item, including leisurewear ranges, all winter hats, replica jerseys, kids wear, accessories and even the new Bedford Bear Teddy.

The first Blues match of 2017 pits Bedford against Yorkshire Carnegie in the British & Irish Cup this Saturday with Mike Rayer’s men needing a big win to keep knockout stage hopes alive (KO 3pm).

The second half of the season has started well with a superb and vital last second win versus Jersey on Boxing Day and a narrow loss, but good performance against leaders London Irish on New Year’s Eve.

Bedford will need to continue that good form to overcome the league’s second placed team, who are also in the running to make the Quarter Finals with only the winner keeping the dream alive after.

Bedford Blues are disappointed to announce that centre Tom Farrell has left the club to join Pro 12 side Connacht with immediate effect.

Farrell, 22, has made 12 appearances for the Goldington Road club since joining in the summer from London Irish with his last being against his former club.

Well what a 2016 it has been! It kicked off with a 31-19 home win against London Scottish in the Championship, included a huge 64-20 victory over London Welsh, we saw 100 points being scored in an enthralling game with Cornish Pirates and had plenty of thrills and spills along the way. Simon Hutchinson takes a look back at his three highlights from the year just gone.

This January the Blues’ Followers Association brings a cerebral challenge to Goldington Road with the return of Jackie Markham's BRFA General Knowledge Quiz.

The date for your diary is Friday 27th January, the night prior to Blues home match v Doncaster Knights, with Scrum Hall doors opening at 7:00pm for a 7:30pm Quiz start, so be there early to secure your table and get the team beers in ahead of this year’s examination.

Teams can be up to six people, but if you don't have a team come along and we'll join you with some like-minded supporters.

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