DICKO TO RETIRE

Bedford Blues are sad to announce that scrum half, coach and former England international Lee Dickson has decided to hang up his boots at the end of the current campaign.

Following a glittering career that has included 18 England caps plus Premiership and LV=Cup winners medals, Dickson will be passing on his vast knowledge of the game as he takes up the role of ‘Master in charge of Rugby’ at Barnard Castle School in County Durham - the school that both he and his brother Karl attended.

Speaking about the decision, Dickson said: “This has really been one of the toughest decisions I’ve ever had to make and one that I haven’t made lightly. I’ve had a fantastic two years at Bedford Blues and I can’t thank Mike Rayer, Geoff Irvine, the players, coaches and all the fans for their support enough.

“Ultimately, I always wanted to finish my career on my own terms rather than being forced into a decision and the timing feels right for both me and my family. I’ve been offered a fantastic opportunity to bring through the next batch of rugby stars and I’m really excited about the future.

“I’ve had a wonderful career, made some amazing friends along the way and loved every moment of it. Rugby has given me so much and I can’t wait to give something back.”

Dickson, 33, joined Bedford from Northampton Saints at the start of the 2017/18 campaign and has gone on to make 40 appearances for the Blues scoring five tries in the process. He made over 250 appearances between 2008 and 2017 for the Saints having previously played for Newcastle Falcons.

Lee featured in eight cup finals, including both the Aviva Premiership and Amlin Challenge Cup finals of 2014 and was also a try scorer as the Saints won the LV= Cup for the first time in 2010 as well as crossing the whitewash again in the 2013 Aviva Premiership final.

After making his England debut in the 2012 Six Nations as a replacement in England’s first match under new head coach Stuart Lancaster against Scotland at Murrayfield, Dickson went on to be capped 17 more times by his country.

Blues Director of Rugby Mike Rayer said: "Lee has given his all for this club from the moment he joined and we can only thank him for the massive contribution he has made both on and off the pitch. It has been an absolute pleasure to work with Lee and everyone at Goldington Road wishes him and his family the very best for the future.”

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