1st XV News

Bedford Blues have named their squad to face Plymouth Albion in the opening pre-season encounter of the summer at Brickfields on Friday night.

The Blues make the long journey down to Devon to face Kieran Hallet's men who are sure to be pushing the top of National One this season.

Director of Rugby Mike Rayer hands starting debuts to Ed Coulson, Joe Green, Jamie Elliot and Oli Curry while Hayden King, Tadgh McElroy and Lewis Robling will make impacts from the bench.

Bedford Blues are delighted to announce the capture of two talented youngsters from Saracens for the 2018/19 Championship campaign.

The link between the Blues and the Premiership Champions has been a successful one over the years with the likes of George Kruis, Owen Farrell, Jackson Wray, James Short, Nic Auterac and Ben Ransom all benefitting from regular rugby at Bedford while Mouritz Botha, Aaron Morris and Mark Flanagan all earnt moves down the M1 to Allianz Park.

Tickets are now on sale for all 14 of the Blues home Greene King IPA Championship and Championship Cup pool stage matches with a £4 saving on adult tickets purchased via the print @ home online system. Click here to buy.

With the first pre-season game against Plymouth Albion fast approaching, we caught up with Blues back Chris Czekaj to discuss all things Bedford.

Former Welsh international Czekaj has been a part of the Blues squad for the past year and is thoroughly enjoying another pre-season, particularly as he has a brand new role within the squad.

We had a chat with Chris during a training session at Core Performance Crossfit in Bedford as the forwards were finishing their weights session and the backs were about to embark on theirs.

Click HERE to see the interview.

Hot off the heels of our most recent Sportsman’s Dinner featuring Nigel Owens, Bedford Blues are delighted to announce that renowned referee Wayne Barnes will be on his way to the Blues Marquee ahead of the Autumn Internationals.
 
Undoubtedly one of the best referees in world rugby having refereed in the Premiership, European Champions Cup, the Six Nations, the Rugby Championship and the World Cup! This will be a fantastic opportunity to hear stories from the other side of the whistle!
 

Bedford Blues and Ampthill Rugby Club have come to one another's aid to deal with a couple of fixture issues that could have scuppered everyone's fun.

With Dillingham Park suffering in the blazing sunshine, the Blues have opened the gates to Goldington Road so that the A's can fulfil their pre-season friendly against Ebbw Vale. The game will now kick-off at the conclusion of Bedford's match with Premiership Champions Saracens on Saturday 18th August.

Bedford Blues have strengthened their back line options for the coming Championship campaign with the capture of local lad Jamie Elliott.
 
Capable of playing on the wing or in the centre, Elliott, 25, has signed for his hometown club after leaving Northampton Saints in the summer.
 
Blessed with an impressive turn of pace and plenty of gas in the tank, Elliott will add additional fireworks to an already impressive set of backs at Goldington Road who will all be looking to push on from last season.
 

The Rugby Football Union (RFU) has announced that a tackle height law trial is to take place in the new Championship Cup competition for the 2018/19 season. In collaboration with World Rugby, an amendment to Law 9.13 will operate in the new Cup competition, altering the definition of a high tackle from above the line of the shoulders to above the armpit line.
 

Two new Blues recruits, Lewis Robling and Oli Curry, will launch twice weekly Blues Fitness Bootcamps next Monday 30th July at Goldington Road.

The Fitness Bootcamps will be all welcoming, interactive exercise programmes ran by the two Blues players who approached the club looking to promote a healthy lifestyle in their new home of Bedford.

Curry, a Level 3 Personal Trainer with five years of Professional Rugby experience spanning over the English Premiership and Championship will run the bootcamps with his former Ealing Trailfinders teammate Robling.

Celebrate with family, friends and work colleagues as Bedford Blues host two Christmas cracker shared party nights during the festive season, on Saturday 15th and Saturday 22nd December.

Under the glittering lights of the Blues Marquee, guests can enjoy a three-course sumptuous feast, welcome drink, festive photobooth, DJ, dancing and pop-up Pinksters gin bar.

This year’s package is priced at £38.95 per person and with limited places we urge people to book early to avoid disappointment. We can take small or larger groups and our Events Team would be happy to speak to you discuss group numbers and table plans.

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