1st XV News

Bedford Blues are expecting one of their toughest games of the season when they welcome Cornish Pirates to Goldington Road on Saturday afternoon.

It'll be third v fourth in the Greene King IPA Championship with both teams enjoying a good run of form. Bedford have won their last five games in all competitions while the Pirates have five wins out of six with the only blot being a B&I Cup quarter-final loss to Ealing Trailfinders.

Encounters between the two sides are always closely contested affairs with the reversal in December going the way of the Cornishmen who won 24-17 with Dean Adamson, Rich Lane and Elliot Clement-Hill scoring for Bedford.

Bedford Blues are thrilled to announce that winger Dean Adamson has signed a new deal to remain at Goldington Road for the 2018/19 Championship season.

To say that Dean has been in sparking form this season would be an understatement as the winger, who turned 25 today, has racked up a superb 16 tries in the Championship alone this campaign as well as helping the Blues reach the semi-final of the British & Irish Cup with six tries.

This Saturday Bedford Blues welcome old rivals Cornish Pirates to town in another pivotal encounter as the season reaches a climax with positions up for grabs (Kick Off 3pm).

The fixture against Pirates takes on additional importance as the Cornishmen have jumped to fourth in the table, just one place behind the Blues, and an away victory could see them leapfrog Mike Rayer’s men.

Both sides have been in sensational form of late, with Bedford attempting to increase their five-game winning streak back at Goldington Road, against a West Country outfit who are themselves unbeaten in the last five Championship matches.  

Paul Tupai ‘Toops’ Testimonial Match has been rearranged for Sunday 6th May at Goldington Road (KO 2pm) due to the changed schedule of Bedford Blues fixtures and a clash with Northampton Saints away match with Wasps.   

Tickets already purchased for the Testimonial Match featuring a Bedford Blues All Star XV against Northampton Saints All Star XV will remain valid for the changed date.

The rearranged date allows a Bank Holiday recovery after the Sunday fixture which is hoped to encourage more supporters on the day in a final celebration event in honour of the legend that is Paul Tupai.

Bedford Blues are hoping to take a good following of supporters, as always, to the British & Irish Cup Semi-Final against Ealing Trailfinders on Saturday 21st April at Vallis Way (Kick Off 3pm).

Many supporters will of course be making their own way to the much-anticipated fixtures, but Bedford Rugby Followers Association are also running coach travel with a later return departure time of 6:15pm so fans can stick around with players for the last away fixture of the season.

It was something of a Jekyll and Hyde performance for Bedford at Hartpury College on Saturday afternoon, but the Blues had enough in the tank to secure a bonus point win thanks to a try deep into stoppage time.

Bedford had safely led 0-19 at the interval, but three second half scores - all converted - for Hartpury had given the home team the lead as the clock turned red. But you can never count the Blues out, and a patient build-up from a scrum led to Howard Packman pinning back his ears to race over and snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.

Bedford Blues return to league action this weekend with their first trip to Hartpury in the Greene King IPA Championship.

Following on from a hard fought win over Ulster A in the quart-final of the British & Irish Cup, attention returns to the Championship as the Blues look to finish the season as strongly as possible.

While the Blues picked up a bonus point 33-7 win when the two teams met at Goldington Road back in November, they know that they can expect a bruising encounter against Hartpury on their home turf.

Bedford Blues are delighted to confirm their first new signings for next season in two forwards who are already very familiar with Goldington Road.

Heading back to Bedford Blues will be Northampton Saints hooker Charlie Clare, who played for the Blues between 2013 and 2016, as well as Blackheath prop Hayden King who represented the Blues Academy.

Speaking about the new signings, Blues Director of Rugby Mike Rayer said: "It is a pleasure to welcome both Charlie and Hayden back to Goldington Road and into the Blues family once again.

Bedford Blues are delighted to announce that three more members of the current squad have signed new deals to keep them at Goldington Road next season.

Following on from last week's re-signings, the Blues are pleased to confirm that fly-half Harry Sheppard, utility back Rich Lane and second row Will Carrick-Smith have all extended their stays with the club.

Speaking about the news, Director of Rugby Mike Rayer said: "It is fantastic to have secured the services of these three talented individuals for another season and I'm really looking forward to continuing working with them.

Bedford Blues are delighted to announce that Nigel Owens, one of the most respected officials in World Rugby, will be returning to the Blues Marquee this summer for a Sportsman’s Dinner.

Nigel last visited the Blues just three days before the 2015 Rugby World Cup final, and so enthralling was his after-dinner speech, that he received a five minute standing ovation from those in attendance.

Renowned for his quick retorts to defuse even the ugliest of scenes on the field - "If you want a cwtch, do it after the match” - Owens has established himself as one of the best and most respected referees in the world.

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