Bedford Blues are delighted to announce three pre-season fixtures ahead of the 2018/19 Greene King IPA Championship campaign.

With the players returning for pre-season training on Monday morning, the Blues have confirmed a mouth-watering encounter against Premiership champions Saracens on Saturday 18th August (KO 3pm).

The match against Sarries will be the meat in the sandwich of games which include a trip to Plymouth on Friday 10th August to take on Kieran Hallet's Albion before Bishop's Stortford pay a visit to Goldington Road on Friday 24th August.

Looking ahead to the three fixtures, Blues Director of Rugby Mike Rayer said: "It is great to be able to arrange three very competitive fixtures to carry us into the coming season. We want to make sure that the lads get some really tough tests so we can see how well they come together in the run up to those fixtures.

"Plymouth had a really good season finishing in the top three and I'm sure they will be pushing the top of the National One table again. We had a great outing against Plymouth last year and I'm sure we'll get a lot out of the challenge that Albion will bring on their own patch.

"Welcoming the Premiership champions to Goldington Road is always a huge honour and a huge challenge. Taking on one of the biggest teams in Europe can be a daunting task but we’ve always given a good account of ourselves here at Goldington Road and it’s a wonderful opportunity for the players and the town to welcome such a brilliant organisation to our home.

"Our final game against Bishops Stortford will certainly be an interesting one. They are a really good club who have grown under their coach Andy Long and we have developed a very good relationship with them. There is a lot of energy and experience in the squad and I'm sure they will want to put in a big performance against us under on our own pitch."

Tickets for the Blues home games against Saracens and Bishop's Stortford will be available on the Blues website very soon.

Next Home Match

Saturday 14th September
1st XV Pre Season
Goldington Road