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Bedford Blues return to action at Goldington Road for the first time in 16 weeks as they welcome Premiership champions Saracens in a pre-season friendly.

In what is sure to be an enthralling encounter against one of the best sides in the northern hemisphere, Blues Director of Rugby Mike Rayer has a near fully fit squad to choose from, while newly appointed captain Lee Dickson will lead out the side.

Bedford Blues scrum-half Lee Dickson has spoken of his pride after being named club captain for the 2018/19 Greene King IPA Championship season.

Former England number nine Dickson, 33, joined the Goldington Road club from Northampton Saints at the start of last season and featured in 26 games scoring five tries along the way in his debut campaign.

With Michael Le Bourgeois moving on to Premiership side Wasps, Blues Director of Rugby Mike Rayer has installed the captaincy on Dickson who already takes on coaching responsibilities at the Blues.

The first home week of the new season is finally here as Bedford Blues host English Premiership Champions Saracens this Saturday (KO 3pm) in a pre-season double header.

After last Friday’s opening day defeat away at Plymouth, Mike Rayer’s men are determined to put in a strong performance in front of the Goldington Road faithful against one of Europe’s best.

The stiff challenge presented by Mark McCall’s troops will not be undermined in Saracens first hit out of the season as both new squads look to gel ahead of respective Championship and Premiership campaigns.

Bedford Blues kicked off their pre-season with a full bloodied encounter against old foes Plymouth Albion which saw the Devon club come out 21-19 winners in a feisty affair at Brickfields on Friday night.

While any loss is disappointing, there were lots of positives for Mike Rayer's men to take from the encounter along with plenty to work on as the Blues prepare to face Saracens at Goldington Road next Saturday.

The Club are pleased to announce details of the Season Ticket holders ‘Meet the Players’ evening to be held on Thursday 16th August from 6:30pm for 7pm in the Scrum Hall at Goldington Road.

Exclusively for 2018/19 Season Ticket holders, the pre-season event was again included in the membership package for the fourth year running since inception with an early chance to hear the views of the Director of Rugby Mike Rayer, senior players and some of the new faces at the Blues.

A fans’ forum will follow the end of training with the chance to mingle with new recruits and existing Blues players following the Q&A as the club gear up for the upcoming Championship campaign.

Bedford Blues have named their squad to face Plymouth Albion in the opening pre-season encounter of the summer at Brickfields on Friday night.

The Blues make the long journey down to Devon to face Kieran Hallet's men who are sure to be pushing the top of National One this season.

Director of Rugby Mike Rayer hands starting debuts to Ed Coulson, Joe Green, Jamie Elliot and Oli Curry while Hayden King, Tadgh McElroy and Lewis Robling will make impacts from the bench.

Bedford Blues are delighted to announce the capture of two talented youngsters from Saracens for the 2018/19 Championship campaign.

The link between the Blues and the Premiership Champions has been a successful one over the years with the likes of George Kruis, Owen Farrell, Jackson Wray, James Short, Nic Auterac and Ben Ransom all benefitting from regular rugby at Bedford while Mouritz Botha, Aaron Morris and Mark Flanagan all earnt moves down the M1 to Allianz Park.

Tickets are now on sale for all 14 of the Blues home Greene King IPA Championship and Championship Cup pool stage matches with a £4 saving on adult tickets purchased via the print @ home online system. Click here to buy.

With the first pre-season game against Plymouth Albion fast approaching, we caught up with Blues back Chris Czekaj to discuss all things Bedford.

Former Welsh international Czekaj has been a part of the Blues squad for the past year and is thoroughly enjoying another pre-season, particularly as he has a brand new role within the squad.

We had a chat with Chris during a training session at Core Performance Crossfit in Bedford as the forwards were finishing their weights session and the backs were about to embark on theirs.

Click HERE to see the interview.

Hot off the heels of our most recent Sportsman’s Dinner featuring Nigel Owens, Bedford Blues are delighted to announce that renowned referee Wayne Barnes will be on his way to the Blues Marquee ahead of the Autumn Internationals.
 
Undoubtedly one of the best referees in world rugby having refereed in the Premiership, European Champions Cup, the Six Nations, the Rugby Championship and the World Cup! This will be a fantastic opportunity to hear stories from the other side of the whistle!
 

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