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

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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