Bedford Blues preparations for the forthcoming Championship season certainly ramp up this weekend as they welcome European Champions Saracens to Goldington Road.

Following an impressive display against Plymouth Albion last Saturday, the Blues know that they will be facing one of the biggest challenges in rugby when they welcome Mark McCall's men to Bedford.

Looking ahead to the fixture, Blues Forwards Coach Martin Hynes said: "Having refelcted on last week's performance we were pleased. The lads played really well, attacked superbly and put in some fine defensive work against a tough and well-drilled Plymouth outfit.

"This weekend we face one of the biggest teams in world rugby, but our preparations haven't changed. We need to approach the fixture like any other; do the basics; make our tackles; and then exploit any opportunities that come out way.

"Everyone is really excited to see Saracens in town and I know that Mark and his coaches won't be taking anything for granted. We've had some cracking games over the year and I expect nothing different when the whistle blows at 3pm on Saturday."

Starting line-up:

15. Elliot Clements-Hill
14. Howard Packman
13. Ollie Dodge
12. Michael LeBourgeois (c)
11. Dean Adamson
10. Will Hooley
9. Lee Dickson

1. Camilo Parilli-Ocampo
2. George Edgson
3. Ben Cooper
4. Ed Taylor
5. Will Carrick-Smith
6. Justin Blanchet
7. Ben Adams
8. Jarad Williams


Tom Lindsay, Alex Penny, Paul Tupai, Alex Rae, Jacob Fields, James Lennon, Ryan Hutler, Dom Morris, Rich Lane, Chris Czekaj


Next Home Match

Friday 1st March
1st XV Championship
Goldington Road