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Bedford completed their pre-season fixtures with a hard fought victory over a dogged Blackheath side who certainly weren't going to let the Blues have everything their own any.

Bedford took a two try lead early on, but the hosts fired back with three good scores to lead at the break. But Blackheath could do little to prevent the Blues second half juggernaut which crossed the line four times without reply.

Bedford Blues have named their squad to take on Blackheath in their final pre-season friendly ahead of the 2017/18 Championship campaign.

Following a bruising encounter against European Champions Saracens last weekend, Bedford make wholesale changes to the starting line-up as they look to finish their preparations for the new season with a flurry.

With a few niggling injuries, Bedford welcome Tongan number eight Sione Vailanu into the squad for this weekend's game. The big back rower represented Tonga at Under 20s, but has recently been pulling on a Japanese jersey as part of their sevens set up.

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

Early highlights include the opening game of the season and family fun day against London Scottish on Sat 9 Sep, the arrival of title favourites Bristol and their star studded line-up two weeks later and Ladies Day on Sat 21 Oct v Ospreys. 

Attention Eagle Stand Season Ticket holders only, many of you have received your Season Tickets today and many more will do in the coming days. Unfortunately our ticket printing partners have made a frustrating error in not including the seat number on the card. 

We will now need to replace and exchange your card for the correct data and new barcode. We are working with our suppliers to get the replacement cards to us for Thursday night's 'Meet the Players' event. Please bring the card/s you have received to exchange on the evening.

It may have been a defeat but there were a huge amount of positives to take from the performance as Bedford Blues went down 18-55 to European Champions Saracens at Goldington Road on Saturday afternoon.

Playing down the slope, Bedford started the brighter side and immediately put pressure on the Saracens defence who coughed up a penalty which Will Hooley duly dispatched in the third minute.

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.

Bedford Blues have launched their new second jersey ahead of the new season which will be worn for the first time this Saturday against European Champions Saracens and available to purchase from the club shop or online.

The design mirrors the home strip which was introduced last season, with the traditional Bedford hoops still featured in a modern style. The biggest change is to the primary colour as the Blues will be running out in a white shirt this season with white shorts and socks.

The Club are pleased to announce further details of this season's ‘Meet the Players’ evening which will be held on Thursday 24th August from 6:30pm for 7pm in the Scrum Hall, exclusively for 2017-18 Season Ticket holders.

The pre-season event was again included in the Season Ticket package following the success of the last two seasons’ introduction with an early chance to hear the views of the Director of Rugby Mike Rayer, captain Michael Le Bourgeois and some of the new faces at Goldington Road ahead of the Championship campaign.

After an opening day warm-up, it’s time for the big one as Bedford Blues welcome European Champions Saracens to town this Saturday (KO 3pm).

Fresh from a comprehensive victory over Plymouth Albion last weekend, Mike Rayer’s men know they will be in for a much stiffer challenge versus the sizeable task Mark McCall’s troops will deliver at Goldington Road.

Bedford Blues kicked off their pre-season campaign with a comprehensive 43-7 victory over National One side Plymouth Albion at Goldington Road on Saturday afternoon.

While the score line may have suggested otherwise, the Blues had to dig deep early on and put in a good defensive display against Kieran Hallett's men who are expected to be pushing for promotion this season.

With a strong Blues defence in place, the attack was in just as inspired form with Howard Packman crossing the whitewash twice while Man of the Match Rich Lane, Michael Le Bourgeois, George Edgson, Paul Tupai and Dean Adamson all scored.

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