Bedford Blues head off to Wales this weekend to complete their pre-season fixture list with a tricky tie against Pro 12 giants the Scarlets on Saturday afternoon.

Mike Rayer’s men will be making their way to Llandovery RFC’s Church Bank Playing Fields to take on one of the biggest teams in Wales rugby and a side who defeated Championship rival Jersey 40-27 last weekend.

The Blues take a squad of 26 players across the Brecon Beacons but will be without skipper Nick Fenton-Wells who has suffered a back spasm while Hayden Thompson-Stringer misses out with a hip injury.

Looking ahead to the game, Blues forwards coach Martin Hynes said: “We’ve been really impressed with the effort and the commitment from the lads ever since they returned to training back in June and everyone is really looking forward to the trip to Wales.

“We had a really good training camp down in Devon last week and topped it off with a great win and an impressive performance against Plymouth Albion but now we have to step it up a gear as we take on Scarlets.

“It’s going to be a really tough game and our defence is certainly going to be put under a lot of pressure but the lads are ready and it’ll be an excellent test before the season kicks off down in Bristol.”

Starting line-up:

15. Steffan Jones
14. George Perkins
13. Michael Le Bourgeois
12. Ollie Dodge
11. Sam Blanchet
10. Myles Dorrian
9. Jordan Burns

1. Camilo Parilli-Ocampo
2. Charlie Clare
3. Phil Boulton.
4. Harry Wells
5. Mark Flanagan
6. Justin Blanchet
7. Josh Buggea
8. Joel Conlon


16. Sam James
17. Jack Culverhouse
18. James Currie
19. Mike Howard
20. Paul Tupai
21. Pete White
22. Jake Sharp
23. Henry Staff
24. Pat Tapley
25. Dean Adamson
26. Piers O’Conor


Next Home Match

Saturday 14th September
1st XV Pre Season
Goldington Road