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Saints to visit Blues for preseason fixture in Bedford

Northampton Saints supporters will get their first opportunity of the 2023/24 season to see the men in Black, Green and Gold on Saturday 26 August, as they travel to Goldington Road to face Bedford Blues.

General sale tickets for the clash, which kicks off at 1.30pm in advance of England’s World Cup warm-up match against Fiji, will go on sale via Bedford Blues at the start of August.

Phil Dowson’s side will take to the field for the first time in 2023/24 at Bedford, following a long preseason training schedule which began in mid-June, and the clash against the Blues will provide the perfect warm-up ahead of the start of the new-look Premiership Rugby Cup competition.

A fixture with more than 130 years of history, the two sides first met in 1887 and last locked horns in preseason 12 months ago in Northampton, as Saints ran out 40-26 victors in a ten-try thriller at cinch Stadium at Franklin’s Gardens.

This will be the third fixture between the sides since their strategic partnership began back in June 2020, with the first ending 40-21 to Northampton in Bedford.

The Mobbs Memorial Match will soon take on a new format, as announced earlier this year, with the fixture set to be contested annually during preseason between Northampton Saints and Bedford Blues. However, this format will begin at the start of the 2024/25 season and does not include this year’s game.

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