1st XV News

Bedford Blues rounded off the pool stages of the Championship Cup with a hard fought win over Hartpury on Saturday afternoon.

A brace of tries for Dean Adamson either side of a Jarad Williams score was enough for the Blues to pick up their third win in the competition, but it was a true all round squad performance in challenging conditions that ensured the victory.

See all of the scores from the game here

Bedford Blues have named their team to head to Hartpury on Saturday afternoon in the final pool game of the Championship Cup.

Last weekend's bonus point win over Cornish Pirates ensured that the Blues have qualified for the knockout stages, but Mike Rayer's men won't be taking their foot off the gas as they look to build once again.

A minor injury crisis has left the Blues in short supply of props, but knights in shining armour Ampthill have come to the rescue by loaning former Blue Jack Culverhouse back to the club for this weekend's fixture which sees a number of changes to the starting line-up.

Have you got Blues merchandise or Boxing Day tickets on your Christmas list or know someone who has? Don’t worry Blues supporters, we have yet another chance for you to get those last-minute Christmas gifts from our Club Shop.

This Wednesday 12th December and the following Wednesday 19th December, we will be running our annual Christmas Market Stall in Bedford Town Centre.

Fans can find us near the bustling market place, next to M&S for the next two Wednesdays. The Blues stall will open from 9am, running throughout the day until 4pm on the first Wednesday and 2pm the following.

Bedford Blues hopes of reaching the knockout stages of the Championship Cup were given a boost when they picked up a bonus point win over the Cornish Pirates on Saturday afternoon.

Two tries for Dean Adamson and one each from Ed Coulson and Pat Tapley secured the important bonus point, but a final flurry from the Pirates made for a squeaky finish as they scored three tries in eight minutes but ran out of time for the most unlikeliest of comebacks as the Blues held on to win 27-17.

Match reaction from Will Hooley and all the scores can be seen here.

Bedford Blues have named their squad for their festive showdown with the Cornish Pirates at Goldington Road on Saturday afternoon.

The round five game of the Championship Cup is a must-win for the Blues if they stand any chance of qualifying for the knockout stages of the competition after suffering back-to-back defeats to London Irish.

With the game being the last home fixture for Bedford before Christmas, there is bound to be a festive feel around Goldington Road, but the Blues certainly won't be in a giving move when the referee's whistle blows at 3pm.

Bedford Blues are straight back to Goldington Road again this Saturday 8th December for a crucial festive fixture against Cornish Pirates in the Championship Cup (KO 3pm).

Mike Rayer’s troops need a win to keep qualification hopes alive and bounce back from back to back defeats to London Irish. The visitors, Pirates, are on a strong run of form so expect a close affair against Blues familiar rivals. Save £4 and buy tickets online here.

Bedford Blues hopes of progressing form the pool stages of the Championship Cup were dented on Saturday afternoon as they went down 11-36 to London Irish.

The Blues got off to a great start and were leading at the break, but 26 unanswered second half points saw the Exiles run away with victory and maintained their top of the pool table status.

Click here to see Chris Czekaj's match reaction plus highlights from the game 

It's not very often that you get to have dinner with the England Rugby captain, but that's exactly what will happen when Dylan Hartley joins us for a Sportsman's Dinner in the Blues Marquee.

On Thursday 17th January, England's most capped hooker, who is also closing in on 250 appearances for Northampton Saints, will be heading to Goldington Road to regale rugby fans with stories from his illustrious career as well as previewing the upcoming Six Nations Tournament and World Cup in Japan.

Saturday afternoon will be a memorable match for two Bedford Blues players who reach landmark appearances when they take on London Irish in the Championship Cup.

Prop Ben Cooper will be bringing up his century while player/coach Alex Rae will be making his 150th appearance in a Blues jersey.

The Blues are back in action at Goldington Road this Saturday 1st December in a reverse of last weekend’s Championship Cup fixture against London Irish (KO 3pm).

Bedford will be targeting a return to winning ways as Mike Rayer’s men welcome league leaders, London Irish, following a narrow defeat last Sunday to the Exiles at The Madjeski Stadium.