Preview: Blues ready for long trip to Devon for pre-season clash with Plymouth

Bedford Blues in action last season
Bedford Blues in action last season

One week on from the opening friendly encounter of pre-season, Bedford Blues are heading down to Devon for a training camp and match against Plymouth Albion which kicks off at 5pm on Saturday evening.

Once again, the Blues will be making full use of their squad by naming 29 players to feature in the game – including a Blues debut for winger George Perkins and a welcome return to action for Charlie Clare and Ollie Dodge.

Speaking about the trip to Devon, Blues director of rugby Mike Rayer said: “I was really pleased with the run out we had last weekend. Ampthill and Old Albanians were excellent and it was great for us to have our first hit out.

“A few lungs were bursting a bit but it was about the contact we needed and we certainly got a good workout.

“We now head down to Devon to face Plymouth in a game which will form part of a training camp as we ramp up our preparations ahead of the season opener.

“We are in for a tough few days but I’m sure that Graham Dawe will give us a particularly warm welcome when we arrive at Brickfields.”

Starting line-ups

First half:

15. Piers O’Conor

14. George Perkins

13. Henry Staff

12. Ollie Dodge

11. Sam Blanchet

10. Myles Dorrian

9. Peter White

1. Jack Culverhouse

2. Sam James

3. James Currie

4. Paul Tupai (c)

5. Harry Wells

6. Brian Tuilagi

7. Josh Buggea

8. Joel Conlon

Second half:

15. Steffan Jones

14. Pat Tapley

13. Michael Le Bourgeois

12. Ollie Dodge

11. Dean Adamson

10. Jake Sharp

9. Jordan Burns

1. Camilo Parilli-Ocampo

2. Charlie Clare

3. Phil Boulton

4. Mike Howard

5. Mark Flanagan

6. Justin Blanchet

7. Nick Fenton Wells (c)

8. Hayden Thomson-Stringer