1st XV News

Bedford Blues face one of their biggest challenges of the Championship campaign as they make the trip to Ashton Gate to face Bristol in front of the Sky Sports cameras on Sunday afternoon.

While Bedford are one of very few Championship teams to have defeated Bristol at Ashton Gate, Pat Lam's men are in sparkling form this season having won every single league game and head into the game as firm favourites.

But if there is one thing that the Blues love, it's a mountain to climb, and they'll be doing all they can to upset the odds and maintain their own winning star to 2018.

Bedford Blues are pleased to launch their annual Rugby and Beer Festival Weekender at the next home match v Jersey on Friday 9th February and the screening of Six Nations coverage on Saturday 10th February.

In collaboration with the Eagle Brewery and Marston’s this year’s two-day beer festival at Goldington Road is due to be bigger and better with our widest range of ales to date.

Whilst the match itself is a much-anticipated clash against Jersey Reds, a glass or two of the best ales in the country should make the top-class rugby even more enjoyable as the Blues hope to continue their fine form.

Bedford Blues are happy to confirm that the British & Irish Cup quarter-final against Ulster Ravens will kick-off at 3pm on Saturday 31st March.

Tickets will be on sale from Monday 29th January and can be purchased with a £4 discount via the Blues website www.bedfordrugby.co.uk.

Ted Carroll and Bedford Blues are delighted to welcome former Bath, Saracens and England prop David Flatman to Goldington Road for a Sportsman's dinner on Friday 2nd March.

Now a renowned TV pundit and podcast host, Flatman - who won eight caps for England - will be sharing stories from his stellar rugby career along with a few opinions on the state of the current game and maybe a view on the Six Nations which will have two rounds remaining.

Following a meeting of the organising committee, it has been confirmed today that Bedford Blues will face Ulster in the quarter-final of the British & Irish Cup with the game taking place at Goldington Road on the Easter weekend.

Also determined at the meeting was the draw for the semi-finals which - should Bedford progress from the game against Ulster - would see Bedford travel away from home to face the winner of the match between Ealing Trailfinders and Yorkshire Carnegie or Cornish Pirates* on the weekend of 20th/21st/22nd April.

Bedford Blues put in a workman like performance to beat Nottingham 32-15 at Goldington Road on Saturday afternoon and ensure that their name is in the hat for the quarter-final draw.

A try double for Dean Adamson along with one each for George Edgson and Ed Taylor secured the try bonus while Will Hooley kicked 12 points during a solid performance in miserable conditions.

Speaking after the game, prop Alex Penny said: “It was a good performance and a cracking effort form the whole 22 particularly when you consider the conditions this afternoon. We pulled together and got the job done in the end.

Bedford Blues head into the sixth pool game of the British & Irish Cup knowing that a win over Nottingham will secure a quarter-final spot in the competition.

A hard fought 12-15 win over Ospreys in Port Talbot last Friday night meant that the Blues top Pool A and head into Saturday's fixture with their future very much in their own hands.

Bedford Blues Director of Rugby Mike Rayer is in a positive mood following training on Tuesday night as his charges prepare for the sixth and final pool game of the British & Irish Cup against Nottingham on Saturday afternoon.
 
The trip to Wales last Friday saw the Blues return with a hard-fought win, but it also came at a cost with injuries to Ollie Dodge and Harry Sheppard who could be side-lined for a few weeks after both suffered knocks to their shoulder.
 

Bedford Blues return home this weekend for a titanic battle against Nottingham in a must-win match with a British & Irish Cup Quarter Final spot at stake. Kick off is at the earlier time of 2pm so arrive early to avoid disappointment and become the Blues 16th man.

A win could cement a home knockout Cup tie which makes the match one of the most important this season following the excellent performances Mike Rayer’s men have delivered in Group A to lead the Pool ahead of reigning champions Munster.

Blues Community are pleased to announce another three-day rugby camp in February Half-Term on the 13th, 14th and 15th of next month for children of all ages at Goldington Road, click here to book your place.

The camp will be led under the ongoing coaching direction of ‘Learn to Play the Blues way’ with current first team Blues players taking some of the sessions.

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