1st XV News

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.

It's been 17 weeks - that's 119 days, or 2,856 hours, even 171,360 minutes, and an incredible 10,281,600 seconds - since Bedford Blues last took to the field for a game of rugby, so it's fair to say that there is some excitement about this weekend's pre-season fixture against Plymouth Albion.

The game, which kicks off at 3pm on Saturday at Goldington Road, will be Director of Rugby Mike Rayer's first real opportunity to cast his eye over his squad in a competitive match following two months of hard graft on the training field.

Rugby returns to Goldington Road this Saturday for Bedford Blues’ first match of the season against National One promotion hopefuls Plymouth Albion (KO 3pm).

Many of the new Bedford faces will be on display with DoR Mike Rayer expected to name a strong side for a stiff first challenge against the West Country men, now led by former Blue Kieran Hallett.

Can you help get Goldington Road game ready? The supporter ground works program continues this Saturday as the Blues volunteer work force help the club with a wide range of smaller maintenance jobs throughout the summer mornings.

The big clear up aids the off-field environment of our club ahead of another exciting Championship season – and we need your help!

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