BEDFORD BLUES and Premiership champions Saracens renewed their player partnership as the the two clubs confirm that ten Sarries players will be available to the Championship side. Scrum-half Luke Baldwin will be on a season long loan, while a further nine players have completed dual registration.
The nine players available will be Will Fraser (back row), George Kruis (second row), Ben Ransom (full back), Scott Spurling (hooker), Sam Stanley (centre), James Short (wing), Duncan Taylor (centre/wing), Mako Vunipola (prop), Jackson Wray (back row).
Last season, eight Saracens players were dual registered with Bedford but due to the Rugby World Cup and an unprecedented number of injuries to other members of the squad, most were needed by the parent club.
Speaking about the agreement for the coming season, Bedford Blues Chairman Geoff Irvine said: “We are very excited with the level of commitment shown by Saracens in making this relationship work. The quality of the players dual registered this coming season is outstanding, we are very happy with the recruitment and I think that everyone will be looking forward to returning to training at the end of the month.”
Both clubs have seen how beneficial the link-up has been in recent seasons and it is hoped that the new plan will ensure that the relationship between the clubs continues to move forward.
Saracens Chief Executive Edward Griffiths added: “This is a partnership between equals, with each party getting more than it gives. That is why the Bedford-Saracens link has been so successful in recent seasons, and that is why it will continue to be successful.”
Fans will be able to get the first glimpse of the Bedford Blues 2012/13 squad when they welcome Saracens to Goldington Road for a pre-season friendly on Friday 10th August, kick-off 7.45pm.Like Rugby World? Subscribe to the magazine for the latest comprehensive content.