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Rugby is back and boy, have we missed it! A cracking 1564 turned up at Goldington Road on Saturday afternoon as Bedford Blues got their pre-season campaign underway in a triangular tournament against Ampthill and Old Albanians.

Director of Rugby Mike Rayer made full use of his squad with 28 players being used across the two 40 minute games.

Being the politest of hosts, the Blues played up the slope in both encounters with the first being against Ampthill who were promoted to National One last season.

Bedford Blues will be making full use of their squad as they face Ampthill and Old Albanians in Saturday’s triangular friendly at Goldington Road.

The Blues will be taking on Ampthill at 2pm before facing Old Albanians at 3pm. Ampthill and Old Albanians will then go head-to-head at 4pm.

Blues Director of Rugby Mike Rayer has included new signings Piers O’Conor, Sam Blanchet, Myles Dorrian and Sam James in the team to face Ampthill while Jordan Burns, Jack Culverhouse, Mark Flanagan and Joel Conlon line up against Old Albanians along with trialists Elliot Clements-Hill, Billy Harding and Brian Tuilagi.

Bedford Blues launch their 2015/16 pre-season campaign this Saturday with a triangular feast of rugby against both Ampthill and Old Albanians (Kick Off 2pm).

Tickets are just £5.00 for adults and FREE for Under 16s, and with so many new faces set to play it is a must-see fixture as the Goldington Road gates are opened for a fresh new season from 12 noon, Saturday 15 August.

The Blues Academy pre-season training is in full swing.  The Academy players started pre-season training at the beginning of July and have been working hard since then. 

Blues Academy Director, Denis Ormesher, said: “Last year was another successful season, with some fine wins, but as always with rugby it is all start again this season."

It's a warm, sunny afternoon at Goldington Road when we caught up with Bedford Blues Director of Rugby Mike Rayer as he continues the planning for the coming season while the players enjoy a week off.

Last season, things kind of fizzled out for the Blues and it was a campaign that they will quickly forget as they look ahead to what's in front of them. What is clear though, is that there is a renewed vigour around the squad and a certain amount of excitement among the players and coaches ahead of the opening pre-season encounter next weekend.

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