Boxing Day rugby treat with ‘Battle of Bedfordshire’ at Goldington Road

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Boxing Day Bedford Blues

Bedford Blues and Ampthill will face each other in the ‘Battle of Bedfordshire’ this afternoon giving local rugby fans a festive treat with a traditional Boxing Day game at Goldington Road.

Blues Director of Rugby Mike Rayer said: “Everyone is very excited about the game against Ampthill and we’re really looking forward to a good workout against a very impressive team. Ampthill have been playing some magnificent rugby this season and it will be a great test for us between a long break in Championship fixtures.

“We had a really tough encounter against Richmond at the weekend, but the lads trained really well on Christmas Eve and are raring to put on a good show in front of what will no doubt be a big Boxing Day crowd.”

The Blues will have a few new faces on the pitch, with Tom Walker and Tom Hitchcock (Bishop’s Stortford & Felstead School) added to the starting line-up. We’ll also see special guests, prop Brandon Palmer (Blackheath) and former Blues Academy member Charley Robinson (Peterborough Lions).

Jake Sharp has also been confirmed as playing since re-joining the club last week but Paul Tupai will have his Blues’ jersey on ‘one last time’ as he takes a place on the bench.

Read: Fly half Jake Sharp puts his Bedford Blues jersey back on

Kick off is at 3pm.

Ampthill will have some familiar faces in their starting line-up. James Pritchard, Soane Tonga’uiha and Billy Johnson all making a return to Goldington Road.

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