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Rugby Union: Three Saracens players available for Bedford Blues’ clash with Doncaster Knights

By Bedfordshire On Sunday  |  Posted: March 20, 2013

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Bedford Blues have been boosted by the news that three dual registered Saracens players will be available for selection against Doncaster Knights on Saturday.

Hooker Scott Spurling has recovered from a hand injury that he picked up during the British & Irish Cup trip to Neath in December, while Ben Ransom returns to the squad after making a huge impression for his parent club in the LV=Cup competition.

The duo will be joined by winger James Short who spent several months with the Blues during the 2010/11 season, including a memorable four try haul during the Ladies Day fixture against Moseley.

Having the trio available is a shot in the arm for Blues Director of Rugby Mike Rayer who has seen his squad depleted this season following long term injuries to Sacha Harding, Henry Staff, skipper James Pritchard and most recently lock Ben Gulliver who broke a bone in his wrist and is ruled out for at least a month.

“We have picked up a number of injuries this season and while we do have cover, it is great to have Scott and Ben back and available to us for a very important game against Doncaster this weekend,” Rayer said.

“Having James joining up with the squad again is also a massive bonus and will really add plenty of fireworks to the backs as we saw a couple of years ago what he is capable of.”

Saturday’s game against Doncaster is a huge match for both teams as Bedford look to bounce back from two defeats and make a push for one of the three remaining play-off places while the Knights, who are bottom of the Championship, look to make ground on their nearest rivals Jersey.

Kick-off at Goldington Road is 3pm.

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