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Bedford Blues sign Robin Boot and Tom Bedford

Tom Bedford
Bedford has played for the England Under-19s

Bedford Blues have added prop Robin Boot and centre Tom Bedford to their squad ahead of the Championship season.

Boot, 26, arrives from London Welsh where he only made one appearance after making the switch from French side Graulhet midway through last season.

Bedford, 21, departs Premiership new-boys Exeter Chiefs having played just four Championship games last term.

Blues chief Mike Rayer has already added Joe Clark, Handre Schmidt and Sean Tomes to his squad this summer.

Talking about Boot's arrival, Rayer told the club's website: "Robin was a fringe player at London Welsh last season, but he's a loose head prop, which is something that we have needed.

"He has caught our attention for a while and we had some good reports on him when he was out in France.

I'm convinced Tom will make a major impact this season and he is champing at the bit to re-ignite his career

Bedford director of rugby Mike Rayer

"We're maybe looking to add another prop too, as it's an area that always needs strengthening. "

Bedford, who has represented England at under-16, under-17 and under-19 level, has been on the club's radar for some time.

"We know what Tom can bring to the table having impressed against us in previous seasons and his ability to play at centre or on the wing will give us some extra options," said Rayer.

"I'm convinced Tom will make a major impact this season and he is champing at the bit to re-ignite his career.

"He has been at Exeter throughout his career which also includes stints with the junior England set-ups and I'm sure that he will fit in well with our style of play."

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