Aug 16, 2017
Wray reflects on special bond with Bedford Blues
A trip down memory lane awaits many Saracens this week as they prepare to take on Bedford Blues.
The Men in Black travel to Goldington Road on Saturday for their second preseason fixture; returning to the site where many young Sarries have earned their stripes on their way to the top tier.
Jackson Wray, who represented Bedford on his way through Saracens’ Academy, has particularly fond memories.
He said: “It was a brilliant place for me to go and play. It’s always a good crowd there.
“Obviously this weekend we will be on the other side of it” Wray joked. “Especially uphill… They’ve got a massive uphill part, and when you play that way in the second half it’s a real test.”
Wray played on dual registration for Bedford along with other current standouts, including Duncan Taylor and Will Fraser.
He said: “It’s always good for the young boys to go up and try and integrate themselves in a good set up.”
“So, it’s all round a good partnership. We get a lot out of it with the young lads, and they surely get a lot out of it because we’ve got some really good young lads with us this year.”
With little more than two weeks until the season opener against the Northampton Saints, Saturday’s match takes on even more significance.
Wray said: “It’s a good test for where we are.
“I suppose it’s just getting your body ready physically for collisions. The speed of the game is a step up a gear from last week.”
Following this contest, Saracens return to Allianz park for their final preseason match, against global network side Timisoara Saracens.
They then open the season in the London Double Header at Twickenham Stadium, against Northampton on the 2nd September.