‘Hell of an honour’ as Blues star Pritchard is called up by the Barbarians

James Pritchard in action for the Blues
James Pritchard in action for the Blues

James Pritchard has been called up to the Barbarians squad to play Heriot next Tuesday in Edinburgh, as part of the celebrations for the Scottish club’s 125-year anniversary.

The Bedford Blues full-back will join up with international players from Argentina, Fiji, Namibia and the USA; as well as Yorkshire Carnegie’s Chris Jones who has won 12 caps representing England.

Pritchard, who is Canada’s all-time leading points scorer, is in his testimonial year with the Blues and this latest achievement of his is one that gives Bedford head coach Mike Rayer huge pride.

“He (Pritchard) has been nothing short of a legend for this club for the past 10 years he has been here, it’s a great, great accolade for Pritch,” acclaimed Rayer.

“This recognition is thoroughly deserving and we wish him well there, the whole of Bedford rugby are right behind him in support of this brilliant accolade he has been given.”

Pritchard, who was called up by Barbarians head coach Sean Lineen, will be hoping to feature in his fourth World Cup later this year for Canada.

Speaking on his twitter account, he said: ‘Hell of an honour and a lifelong dream to be invited to play for the #Baabaas #CantWait.’

The whole of Bedford rugby are right behind him in support of this brilliant accolade he has been given.

Bedford Blues director of rugby Mike Rayer