Ten Saracens players to be on Bedford Blues duty next season
3:19pm Monday 25th June 2012 in Saracens
Ten Saracens players are to link up with Championship side Bedford Blues for the forthcoming season as the relationship between the two clubs continues to strengthen.
Last season, eight Saracens players were dual registered with Bedford but due to the Rugby World Cup and injuries to other members of the squad, most were needed by the Vicarage Road outfit.
Following discussions between the clubs, nine Saracens youngsters will be dual registered with the Blues for the 2012/13 campaign, while scrum-half Luke Baldwin will join Bedford on a season-long loan following the Premiership side's pre-season campaign.
The nine players joining on dual registration 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) and Jackson Wray (back row).
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 our recruitment and I think that everyone will be looking forward to returning to training at the end of the month.”
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.”