Championship rugby season declared over as Bedford Blues finish 8th

Bedford Blues generic holding card

The Rugby Football Union (RFU) has declared all rugby below the Premiership as finished for the season due to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic sweeping the country and the continent.

With Bedford Blues’ form just starting to pick up following a disastrous start to the season, Mike Rayer’s men will be frustrated at not being able to work their way up the league table and must settle for an 8th place finish, well below their pre-season aims.

There were seven rounds of Championship rugby fixtures to be played but now home games against Nottingham, London Scottish, Cornish Pirates and stragglers Yorkshire Carnegie as well as trips to Ampthill, Hartpury and the ever popular trek to the island of Jersey have now been set aside in the interests of public health and safety.

Optimis Rugby Banner

The Blues’ season will not be one to remember, after they lost all six pool fixtures in the revamped Championship Cup, losing twice to Ealing, Coventry and local rivals Ampthill, including an 80-17 thrashing in the capital.

Six straight league defeats followed a lone victory in Yorkshire as Bedford found themselves 11th out of 12 heading into the new year, but the change of decade saw a change in fortunes as Bedford found some form and worked their way up to 8th before the season was curtailed.

Bedford Blues will now start preparations for next season, and while the RFU dropped a bombshell last month in revealing that funding would be halved for Championship clubs, they have since relaxed their judgment, revealing they will stagger the cuts over two seasons instead of one following fierce backlash from clubs and fans alike.

However, with no rugby on the horizon, the backroom team at Goldington Road will have more time to come up with plans to improve on this season’s overall poor showing and propel the club back towards the top of the Championship standings.

Contribution Orange new email

Now more than ever, we need your help to fund the Bedford Independent’s quality journalism that serves our community...

We choose to champion editorial independence, meaning we report the facts without bias and can stand up to those in power when we believe it’s needed.

We can give a voice to people in our community whose voices may otherwise not be heard. And we don’t have a paywall, so everyone can read the stories we publish for free.

But in this time of crisis, many news organisations all over the world are facing existential threat, with advertising revenues plummeting. We’re no different.

We work hard every day to bring you news, commentary, entertainment and announcements from across Bedford. We hope that, with your help, we’ll be able to continue this for many years to come.

Will you help sustain our work today by clicking below ? Even a small donation makes a difference for our future.

Thank you for your support.