1st XV News

The Bedford Blues Marquee was filled to the brim on Friday night (18th May) as the club celebrated a fantastic campaign with the End of Season Gala Dinner.

There was plenty of fantastic entertainment as Blues players, coaches and special guests alike, gathered to mark the end of yet another incredible season of Championship rugby as well as the 20-year reunion of the Allied Dunbar Premiership Two winning team.

Join the Bedford Blues big tidy up this weekend at Goldington Road as work starts on ground improvements for next season.

The Followers will be carrying out a number of tasks every Saturday over the summer from the end of June, but this weekend from 9am on Saturday and Sunday, Baz Townsend will lead a clear up of the site.

All are welcome and if fans can spare any time your support is greatly appreciated. There are plenty of jobs to do, but very common themes include picking up rubbish, removing larger objects ahead of bigger ground works, painting and weeding so please bring any small tools you have that may be of help.

Bedford Blues are seeking a Strength and Conditioning Intern for the 2018/19 season to work under new department leader Jamie Bain. The role will give the successful applicant the opportunity to work within the professional sporting environment of a Greene King IPA Championship Club.

Purpose of the internship:

(i) To provide support to the Bedford Blues Strength and Conditioning program, particularly around strength and fitness implementation, data collection, analysis and evaluation.

Bedford Blues are delighted to announce the signing of Welsh centre Lewis Robling from Championship rivals Ealing Trailfinders for the 2018/19 season.
Robling, 26, had one season with the west London club making 15 appearances and scoring three tries but he'd previously spent three years with Jersey Reds where he made 60 appearances in the league and cup. Robling came through the ranks at the Dragons Academy and later played for the senior side, Newport, Cross Keys and Bedwas as well as picking up International Honours with Wales Under 20s.

Bedford Blues are delighted to announce that two more members of the front row club have put pen to paper on new deals to remain at Goldington Road.

Returning for another season in a Blues jersey to bolster the front row will be prop Alex Penny and hooker Jacob Fields.

Bedford Blues are delighted to announce that back rower Huw Worthington and winger Ryan Hutler have signed deals to remain at Goldington Road for the 2018/19 Championship season.

Worthington, 23, joined the Blues in December 2017 from Welsh side RGC 1404 to provide an extra option in the Blues back row having impressed for the Dragons in the Anglo-Welsh Cup last season.

The powerhouse from Penybontfwar, who attracted attention from a host of Championship clubs, has firmly established himself at the end of this season in a Blues jersey and has extended his stay for another campaign.

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.


Next Home Match

Wednesday 26th December
1st XV
Goldington Road