Tui Uru to leave Bedford Blues at the end of the season with three others

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Tui Uru, Monry Royston, Charles Rylands and Lewis Holsey - all of whom are leaving Bedford Blues at the end of the 2022/23 season
Bedford Blues have announced Uru, Royston, Rylands and Holsey are all leaving at the end of the (Image: Bedford Blues)

Bedford Blues have today announced that four players are to leave Goldington Road after Saturday’s season closing fixture against Coventry, with the influential number eight, Tui Uru among them.

Uru has been instrumental for Mike Rayer’s side this season but leaves for a new opportunity in France while Monty Royston, Charles Rylands and Lewis Holsey also leave for pastures new.

Uru has turned out for the Blues 55 times and chipped in with nine important tries but will ultimately be remembered for providing power from the back of the pack and will surely be missed by Rayer.

“It’s always sad to say goodbye to players, especially these four who have all had their moments in a Blues jersey this year; particularly Tui who has had a good couple of seasons with us and we wish him well in France”, said Rayer.

Tui Uru in March's Bedford Blues vs Coventry game in March 2022
Tui Uru in 2022’s encounter against Coventry (Image: Claire Jones / Bedford Blues)

On confirming his departure, Uru said, “After the difficult period of rugby during Covid, I made the decision to sign at Bedford and it would go on to be one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.

“I can’t thank this club enough for everything they’ve done for me. 

“To all the players, coaches, staff and most importantly our Blues family, thank you for taking me in and making me feel so welcome. 

“I’m sad to say I will be leaving after Saturday but I’m sure you’ll all appreciate that there’s some chances that you can’t watch go by.”

Uru joined from Northampton Saints permanently in the summer of 2021 and has become a fan favourite but has chosen to take up a new opportunity across the Channel.

The search for new forwards begins

Mike Rayer will now once again begin on a rebuilding job and will particularly find it difficult to replace Uru, but fans of the Blues will be confident he can attract some fantastic players to replace the quartet.

Bedford born, Charles Rylands joined the Blues at the start of this season and made 22 appearances across the season, scoring his only try in the Championship Cup against London Scottish.

The Blues also lose two loosehead props in Monty Royston and Lewis Holsey with Royston joined Rylands in making the step up to the senior team at the beginning of the season, making 19 appearances in this campaign.

Fellow loosehead prop, Holsey joined in October after Worcester Warriors ceased to exist and featured on 14 occasions.

The future of Worcester Warriors is still up in the air, after prospective buyers, Atlas, were given a deadline of 2nd May to complete any takeover. Should it be completed, they may well join Bedford in the second tier next year.

Wasps – who collapsed along Worcester in the Premiership – have already been confirmed to play in the Championship next season.