As Billy Twelvetrees prepares to do battle with the All Blacks another Bedford alumnus is hoping to make his breakthrough at the top level.
And for Aaron Morris a full-time contract with Premiership giants Saracens and a Junior World Championship winner’s medal would not have been possible without the Blues.
Unlike many of his England U20 team-mates, Morris has not always been a Premiership academy prospect, regularly turning out for Bedford in last season’s Greene King IPA Championship.
Since his switch to Allianz Park in the summer, an ongoing groin problem has disrupted the teenage flyer – but with dual registration at Bedford he hasn’t ruled out a return to Goldington Road when he is back to full fitness.
“They gave me a shot when I was really young and without them I definitely wouldn’t be here,” said Morris. “I still look out for their results now and I still only live down the road when I’m back at home.
“It’s not been a great start to the season for them, although results of late have looked a little better. The Championship is such a tough league now so it will be interesting to see how they go and hopefully they can keep improving.
“The standard of the league has gone up a notch and it’s now closer to that of the Premiership, and it was great to play in it last year.”
“Bedford was massively key in getting me where I am now, and I’m still dual-registered there so there could be opportunities later in the year for me to go back and play for them.
“I think it is a great club for supporting talent that isn’t always picked up.
“You look at some of the boys that have come through like all the Sarries lads that are dual-registered there and Billy Twelvetrees especially.”
And despite an indifferent start to the Championship season Morris is convinced the Blues can continue to punch above their weight this year.
“It’s fairly well documented that Bedford are not up there with the big spenders in the Championship,” he said.
“Some of them can attract bigger players with their bigger purses.”
He added: “The Championship has changed so much and with them not being a full-time team they sometimes struggle.
“Having said that there is still a realistic opportunity for them to get in the top four as they have good coaching and some really promising players, so hopefully they’ll go alright.”
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