1st XV News

After an opening day warm-up, it’s time for the big one as Bedford Blues welcome European Champions Saracens to town this Saturday (KO 3pm).

Fresh from a comprehensive victory over Plymouth Albion last weekend, Mike Rayer’s men know they will be in for a much stiffer challenge versus the sizeable task Mark McCall’s troops will deliver at Goldington Road.

Bedford Blues kicked off their pre-season campaign with a comprehensive 43-7 victory over National One side Plymouth Albion at Goldington Road on Saturday afternoon.

While the score line may have suggested otherwise, the Blues had to dig deep early on and put in a good defensive display against Kieran Hallett's men who are expected to be pushing for promotion this season.

With a strong Blues defence in place, the attack was in just as inspired form with Howard Packman crossing the whitewash twice while Man of the Match Rich Lane, Michael Le Bourgeois, George Edgson, Paul Tupai and Dean Adamson all scored.

It's been 17 weeks - that's 119 days, or 2,856 hours, even 171,360 minutes, and an incredible 10,281,600 seconds - since Bedford Blues last took to the field for a game of rugby, so it's fair to say that there is some excitement about this weekend's pre-season fixture against Plymouth Albion.

The game, which kicks off at 3pm on Saturday at Goldington Road, will be Director of Rugby Mike Rayer's first real opportunity to cast his eye over his squad in a competitive match following two months of hard graft on the training field.

Rugby returns to Goldington Road this Saturday for Bedford Blues’ first match of the season against National One promotion hopefuls Plymouth Albion (KO 3pm).

Many of the new Bedford faces will be on display with DoR Mike Rayer expected to name a strong side for a stiff first challenge against the West Country men, now led by former Blue Kieran Hallett.

Can you help get Goldington Road game ready? The supporter ground works program continues this Saturday as the Blues volunteer work force help the club with a wide range of smaller maintenance jobs throughout the summer mornings.

The big clear up aids the off-field environment of our club ahead of another exciting Championship season – and we need your help!

Bedford Blues Community team are delighted to announce our first ever roadshow camps in Northamptonshire and Essex where the delivery team will be teaching youngsters from further afield to ‘learn to play the Blues way’.

The first one-day camp on the road will be at new club partners May & Baker RUFC in Dagenham on Wednesday 2nd August from 9am – 3pm. The second three-day camp will take place just up the A428 at the famous Northampton Old Scouts rugby club starting on Tuesday 15th August at 9am – 3pm.

Bedford Blues returned to pre-season training on Monday 12 June with Strength and Conditioning Coach Sean Vine putting the lads through the paces in the gym while Mike Rayer, Martin Hynes and Paul Larkin, joined by new faces Alex Rae and Lee Dickson, cracked on with preparations for the coming campaign. We sat down with Director of Rugby Mike Rayer to learn more about what has been going on so far and what lays ahead for the lads.

Tickets and hospitality are now on sale for Bedford Blues pre-season fixtures against European Champions Saracens and high-flying National One side Plymouth Albion.

On Saturday 12th August, Kieran Hallet's Albion will be making the trip from Devon to Goldington Road for the season opener (KO 3pm) as fans get the first chance to meet the new players including our star signings after the match.

The fixtures for the 2017/18 British & Irish Cup have been announced with Bedford Blues pooled alongside Ospreys, Nottingham and reigning champions Munster A.

It will certainly be a tough challenge for the Blues who open their campaign against fellow Championship side Nottingham away from home on the weekend of 13th to 15th October. Bedford will then welcome Ospreys to Goldington Road at 3pm on Saturday 21st for the annual Ladies’ Day game.

The club has learnt with great sadness that our oldest Former Player, at 99-years-old, Ron ‘RAB’ Rogers has sadly passed away this week.

Ron made 29 appearances for the 1st XV between 1939-48, whilst also representing the East Midlands. His early career at Goldington Road was interrupted by the Second World War, but he did make appearances for the Blues when he was on leave, most memorably in the fly-half jersey.

Ron was born in 1917 in a flat above Gascoigne Lawnmowers in Tavistock Street. He went to Ampthill Road School and from there gained a scholarship to Bedford School.

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