1st XV News

Bedford Blues can confirm that captain and Greene King IPA Championship Player of the Year Michael Le Bourgeois has agreed a deal to move to Premiership side Wasps for the 2018/19 season.

Le Bourgeois, 27, who scooped the RPA Award on Wednesday night, had penned a new deal with the Goldington Road club in February and has been in spectacular form this season. His flawless displays in the Championship and British & Irish Cup made him one of the standout centres playing in the second tier and earned him a place in the Championship Dream Team, so it was no surprise that the Premiership came calling.

East Midlands return to the home of Bedford Blues for the first time in the County Championship since 2004 this Saturday 12th May against Cheshire (Kick Off 3pm).

This weekend, the home county representative side face Cheshire in the second game of the 2018 County Championship. Both sides made losing starts to the campaign last week and will be looking to put matters right this week.

Several old faces familiar to the Blues feature in the East Midlands coaching set up with Paul Turner as Head Coach. He is assisted by Ben Gilliver in the forwards and James Pritchard in the backs.

Bedford Blues are delighted to announce the signing of utility back Ed Coulson for the 2018/19 Greene King IPA Championship season.
 
Coulson, 22, signs from fellow Championship side Hartpury College who he had joined at the start of this campaign. Primarily a fullback, Coulson can also play on the wing, in the centre or at fly half and offers plenty of options to the Blues back line.
 

Bedford Blues captain Michael Le Bourgeois has been named the Greene King IPA Championship Player of the Year at the 20th RPA  Awards which were held at Battersea Evolution tonight (Wednesday 9th May).

Having been pitted against Bristol Rugby fly half Ian Madigan and back rower Dan Thomas, Booj came out on top to scoop the illustrious award which has been won previously by the likes of Mark Bright, Jack Lam, Matthew Morgan, Juan Pablo Socino and Tim Streather.

Speaking at the Awards, LeBourgeois said: “I am absolutely elated to have won this award, and against two other outstanding nominees is truly amazing, it is such an honour.

Paul Tupai bid a fond farewell to his playing career on Sunday afternoon as past and present players of Bedford Blues and Northampton Saints played out a thrilling testimonial game which finished 80-74.

While the scoreline didn’t matter in the slightest, what was important was that final opportunity to say thank you to Toops for a glorious ten year playing career with the Blues. 

Don’t miss Paul Tupai's Testimonial Match this Sunday 6th May at Goldington Road between Blues Legends and Saints Legends (KO 2pm).

With star studded names on both team sheets to mark the retirement of a real rugby legend, supporters are in for a treat. Matt Volland and James Pritchard will head up the Blues charge against Dylan Hartley and Bruce Reinhana for Saints.

Supporters can join the Bank Holiday Party post-match in the marquee with live music and DJ, as well as mixing with the players and reminiscing over the memories. A live auction and raffle will follow at 5pm along with a Q&A with selected former players.

Paul ‘Toops’ Tupai Testimonial Committee are pleased to bring supporters a one-off opportunity to bid for special, limited edition jerseys to be worn in Sunday’s Testimonial Match.

A Bedford Blues Legends XV will face a Northampton Saints Legends XV at Goldington Road this Sunday (KO 2pm) in their own unique colours and collectable kits.

To get your hands on a jersey, simply fill out the form by clicking here and select your desired shirt number, the team you wish to support (Bedford or Northampton), your contact details including email address and the bid you wish to make!

The curtain comes down on the local club 2017-18 season with the Bombardier East Midlands Cup Final between Bedford Athletic and Peterborough Lions at Goldington Road tomorrow, Wednesday 2nd May (Kick Off 7:45pm).

Bedford Athletic will be looking for a seventh East Midlands’ title, having featured in the very first EMRU Cup Final back in 1972. Their last Cup Final success came in 2016 at the home of the Blues against Northampton Old Scouts.

Two members of the Bedford Blues squad have been included in the 2017/18 Greene King IPA Championship Dream Team.

Following a fantastic season which saw the Blues finish third in the league and reach the semi-final of the B&I Cup, Captain Michael Le Bourgeois and winger Dean Adamson were both named in the Dream Team, while there were honourable mentions for hooker Tom Lindsay and scrum-half Lee Dickson.

Bedford Blues capped off a fine season with a bonus point 28-12 win over Richmond which secured third place in the Greene King IPA Championship.

This was by no means a perfect victory, but it was typical Blues, as they ran in two late scores to seal the bonus point and finish only behind financial titans Bristol and Ealing Trailfinders in the league table.

It was squeaky bum time heading into the final few minutes with Bedford leading 14-12 and being penned in their own half by the visitors, but Rich Lane and Jordan Burns crossed in the dying moments to ensure everyone left Goldington Road in high spirits.

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