Scrum-half Fotuali’i is joined by fellow Samoan George Pisi at 13 while the remaining backs on show all started the Aviva Premiership Final back in May.
Up front, Kiwi Verbakel forms a second row partnership with James Craig, while further back Phil Dowson skippers the Saints from the blindside.
Among an experienced list of replacements new prop Gareth Denman and Academy fly half Harry Mallinder could also make their first senior appearances for the Saints.
Director of rugby Jim Mallinder says the squad are ready to go ahead of their first XVs fixture of the 2013/14 season and expects a stern test from the Blues.
“The first competitive fixture is always a good chance to see where the squad is at in terms of preparation for the season,” he commented. “Obviously we still have over three weeks until the Premiership opener with Exeter and getting back out onto the pitch is the next step in being ready for the start of the new season.
“It is important that as many of the squad as possible see game time over the coming weeks’ fixtures and as a side who regularly compete at the top of the Championship, Bedford are a quality outfit who will provide a tough challenge.”
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SAINTS SIDE TO FACE BEDFORD BLUES
Friday, August 16th, 2013
Kick off 7:45pm
15 Ben FODEN
14 Jamie ELLIOTT
13 George PISI
12 Luther BURRELL
11 Ken PISI
10 James WILSON
9 Kahn FOTUALI’I
1 Ethan WALLER
2 Ross McMILLAN
3 Tom MERCEY
4 James CRAIG
5 Rob VERBAKEL
6 Phil DOWSON (capt)
7 Ben NUTLEY
8 GJ VAN VELZE
Vasily ARTEMYEV, Paul DIGGIN, Tom COLLINS, Tom STEPHENSON, Alex DAY, Harry MALLINDER, Ryan GLYNN, Alex WALLER, Mikey HAYWOOD, Gareth DENMAN, Courtney LAWES, Christian DAY, Calum CLARK, Teimana HARRISON, Sam DICKINSON