1st XV News

It is the penultimate round of Greene King IPA Championship's regular season and while three of the semi-finalists are confirmed, there is still plenty of jostling left to be done.

And perhaps the pick of the ties this weekend is at Castle Park, as fourth-placed Bedford Blues will go in hunt of sealing a top four berth should they topple Doncaster Knights.

The stakes are high for both sides, as a bonus-point win would secure second spot for the Knights, while the Blues could reel in third-place Yorkshire Carnegie with victory.

Details of the revamped Bedford Blues 2015/16 End of Season Gala Dinner at Goldington Road have been released and due to a fantastic on field performance this season, demand is high.

There is limited availability for this much anticipated event with the Blues players and coaches as we mark the end of another Championship season with a special night of entertainment.

Open to both male and female, this year’s black tie gala dinner is on Friday 13th May and promises a fantastic evening for all in attendance with a superb four course dinner and awards presentation, as well as AV displays with match highlights.

Bedford Blues can confirm that one of its longest serving players, tighthead prop Phil Boulton, will be leaving the club at the end of the season to join National One side Coventry.

Boulton, 29, first stepped through the Goldington Road gates in the summer of 2008 and he has gone on to be one of the most consistent performers for Bedford Blues ever since.

Bedford Blues' recruitment for the 2016/17 season has continued with the re-signings of Dean Adamson, Michael Le Bourgeois, Mike Howard and Paul Tupai.
 
Adamson, 22, has been in fantastic form this season having run in 16 tries which included a hat-trick against Cornish Pirates last weekend. The speedster joined Bedford Blues at the beginning of the 2014/15 campaign following a successful period at Ampthill Rugby Club which saw him notch up an impressive 22 tries in National Two South. The Bedford boy, who came through the Blues Academy, has truly seized his opportunity with both hands and proven what a special talent he is.
 

With two games remaining in this season's Greene King IPA Championship, Bedford Blues have strengthened their squad for the next campaign with one new signing and three re-signings.
 
Running out at Goldington Road next season will be scrum half Tom James, 23, who has joined from Loughborough Students.
 
James, can also play at fullback, has captained Loughborough as well as featuring in the England Students squad which lost out to France by three points last weekend.
 

The Followers Association have a date for your diary as they host a new Summer Event this year for all supporters to attend.

It's open to all and promises to be an improved and much revamped event to kick start pre-season with many of the new faces set to join. So brush off the tux, freshen up that cocktail dress and join us on Saturday 9 July for a Cocktail and Casino Evening with bubbles on arrival.

The main bar will be open all evening and we have a Disco so you can dance 'til late.

Remember you don't have to be a Follower; anyone can join in the fun, so bring a friend or two or even more!

Bedford Blues and Cornish Pirates could both have been wearing black and white hoops on Saturday afternoon as 3.035 fans inside Goldington Road were treated to a Barbarian-esq encounter with 15 tries being run in during a 54-46 win for the home side. You can see all of the tries HERE.

A hat-trick for Dean Adamson along with one apiece for Henry Taylor, Mike Le Bourgeois, Paul Tupai, George Perkins and Harry Wells did the damage while Jake Sharp converted six and Myles Dorrian one. 

Bedford Blues return to Goldington Road this weekend looking to bounce back from last weekend's defeat to Yorkshire Carnegie as they host Cornish Pirates in the Greene King IPA Championship.

Games between the two are often high scoring and close affairs with the reverse this season being a perfect example. Bedford had looked as though they were heading towards a bonus point win thanks to tries from Pat Tapley, Tom Griffiths, Joel Conlon and Mike Le Bourgeois, but a dogged Pirates team didn't give in and snatched a 32-31 win with a converted try right at the death.

Bedford Blues are delighted to announce the signing of exciting Loughborough Students hooker Jacob Fields as well as the re-signing of Sam James for the 2016/17 season.
 
The news comes hot off the heels of the announcement that Charlie Clare will be moving on from Goldington Road to join Premiership side, and near neighbours, Northampton Saints at Franklins Gardens in the Aviva Premiership.
 

Bedford Blues can confirm that all-time leading point scorer, James Pritchard, will be leaving the club at the end of the season to take up a player/coach role with National One side Coventry.

Pritchard, 36, or Skippy as he is known, celebrated his testimonial with the club last season and has been a key figure at Goldington Road for more than a decade.

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