Bedford Blues will be bidding a fond farewell to prop Ben Cooper at the end of the season after it was confirmed that he’d be joining Bury St Edmunds as player/coach.

Cooper, who has made 110 appearances for the Blues over two spells at the club, has been a cornerstone of the Blues scrum while at Goldington Road offering power and mobility up front as well as fantastic scrummaging ability.

He took on a coaching role with Bury earlier this season and has now decided to commit himself to the National Two South club on a permanent basis.

Bedford Blues are pleased to announce that three more members of the current squad have agreed new deals to remain at Goldington Road next season.

Back row Oli Curry, centre Lewis Robling and scrum half James Lennon have joined Ryan Hutler, Rich Lane, Alex Penny and Sean McCarthy in committing their future to the Blues for the 2019/20 campaign.

Championship Rugby returns to Goldington Road under the Friday night lights this weekend as the Blues take on Yorkshire Carnegie (KO 7:45pm).  Book online discounted tickets here

Mike Rayer and his men currently sit in third spot, but an inform and revamped Yorkshire side under Chris Sterling will be intent on spoiling the home party as the Blues attempt to put pressure on second placed Ealing Trailfinders.  

Bedford Blues have started the building process for the 2019/20 Championship season by agreeing new deals for four players from the current squad.

Props Alex Penny and Sean McCarthy have both put pen-to-paper on brand new contracts at Goldington Road as have winger Ryan Hutler and fullback Rich Lane.

Speaking about the new deals, Blues Director of Rugby Mike Rayer said: “There’s been a lot work going behind the scenes in getting our retention and recruitment for next season and these four signings were and are very important to us.

Following the success of our February half-term camp, Blues Community are delighted to announce TWO more exciting Rugby Camps this Easter between the dates of 9th - 11th April and 16th - 18th April. Click here to book now. 

Both camps are open to boys and girls between the ages 5-15 with all levels of ability welcome. Led by Head of Community, Dominic Fraser, and supported by experienced coaches, including Blues players, youngsters will all enjoy a first class rugby experience.

Bedford Blues ran in five tries as they romped to a 17-35 win over London Scottish at Richmond Athletic Ground on Saturday afternoon.

Bedford were clinical in their finishing as Ryan Hutler, Rich Lane, Huw Worthington, Matt Worley and Dean Adamson all crossed the whitewash during an impressive display in the Capital.

See all the tries from the game HERE.

Two early penalties gave Blues a great attacking platform and despite a lineout drive not kicking into gear, Lee Dickson spread the ball wide for Ryan Hutler to dot down for an unconverted score.

Bedford Blues make six changes as they look to return to winning ways in the Greene King IPA Championship when they visit London Scottish on Saturday afternoon.

It was a case of 'close but no cigar' for the Blues against London Irish last weekend as they were defeated by three points in a thrilling game at Goldington Road.

Of course, the word thrilling really does apply to Bedford's last visit to London Scottish in December 2017 when the sides drew 52 all in a truly remarkable game.

Bedford Blues put in one heck of a performance against league leaders London Irish on Saturday afternoon but the Exiles managed to hang on to pick up a 23-26 win.

Tries from Ryan Hutler and Lewis Robling plus 13 points form the boot of Jake Sharp ensured a losing bonus point was picked up, but London Irish went home with five in the bag thanks to a brace of tries in each half.

See match reaction and all the tries here

Bedford will be hoping it’s fourth time lucky this weekend as they welcome league leaders London Irish to Goldington Road.
The two sides have already met three times this season with the Exiles having come out on top in each occasion so far, but Bedford head into the game hoping to continue the form which hasn’t seen them taste defeat at home in the league since September.

The Blues return home this Saturday 9th February in Championship action against league leaders and champions elect London Irish in a top of the table clash (KO 3pm). Book online discounted tickets here.

Bedford currently sit in third place, but 16 points adrift of the rampant Exiles, a victory for the home side could however cut the gap to 11 points and bring pressure on to Declan Kidney’s charges. 


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Saturday 21st September
1st XV Cup
Goldington Road