Saturday afternoon will be a memorable match for two Bedford Blues players who reach landmark appearances when they take on London Irish in the Championship Cup.

Prop Ben Cooper will be bringing up his century while player/coach Alex Rae will be making his 150th appearance in a Blues jersey.

Speaking about the two stalwarts, Blues Director of Rugby Mike Rayer said: "It's a phenomenal achievement to have two such committed players making so many appearances for Bedford. Ben and Alex have both given so much to this club and in this modern era of rugby, it is great to see them joining the likes of Paul Tupai, Ollie Dodge, James Pritchard and Sacha Harding, to name but a few, in dedicating themselves to the Blues. The great thing is, that they both have a lot more rugby in them and will continue to give their all for the Goldington Road faithful." 

While last weekend's fixture against the Exiles was hugely entertaining, the Blues were disappointed to leave the Madejski Stadium with nothing and will be hoping to bounce back stronger this weekend.

As well as Rae and Cooper taking their place in the starting line-up, the Blues also welcome back captain Lee Dickson at scrum half. Will Carrick-Smith comes in at lock and there are also starts in the back row for Oli Curry and Huw Worthington.

Starting line-up:

15. Rich Lane

14. Pat Tapley

13. Ed Coulson

12. Chris Czekaj

11. Ryan Hutler

10. Lewis Robling

9. Lee Dickson


1. Sean McCarthy

2. Charlie Clare

3. Ben Cooper 

4. Will Carrick-Smith

5. Mark Flanagan

6. Oli Curry 

7. Alex Rae 

8. Huw Worthington



16. Jacob Fields

17. Toby Trinder

18. Alex Penny 

19. Ed Taylor 

20. Jarad Williams

21. James Lennon

22. Dean Adamson

Next Home Match

Friday 23rd August
1st XV Pre Season
Goldington Road