Richmond face Bedford Blues in the second match of a double header at the Richmond Athletic Ground on Saturday, September 2, KO 5pm.

Twickenham Stadium may be hosting its annual double header on Saturday, but there are also back-to-back Green King IPA Championship matches taking place just down the A316 at the Richmond Athletic Ground.

Richmond play Bedford Blues at 5pm following London Scottish’s opener against last year’s runners up Yorkshire Carnegie.

The last time Richmond faced Bedford at the Athletic Ground, it was the Londoners who finished triumphant with a 49-26 win, but with the dawning of a new season, both teams will be approaching this fixture afresh hoping to get their seasons off to a winning start.

Having maintained most of last season’s squad, the starting line-up for Richmond has a familiar look, but there are a number of new signings who will win their first cap for the South West London side on Saturday.

Ben Rath and Luc Jones both start in the backs having made the shortest of journeys from London Scottish and Harlequins, respectively.

In the forwards Craig Trenier, previously of Ulster, starts in the front row. Bath and Neath player Alex Humfrey partners Captain Will Warden in the second row, and Jake Parker joins an established back row having signed from Cornish Pirates.

Steve Hill has selected one further debutant on the bench, with Blackheath and London Welsh back rower Jesse Liston set to make his debut if he comes on.

To enable rugby fans to enjoy a whole day of rugby, Richmond are offering a special deal for London Scottish members and indeed for anyone with a ticket to London Scottish versus Yorkshire Carnegie. Present your membership card or match day ticket and you can get in for the discounted price of just £10.

Ticket prices: Member Non Member Adult £10 pre booked or on the gate £13 pre booked £15 on the gate Student/U21/ No Charge £10 U16/Services No Charge No Charge London Scottish v Yorkshire Carnegie Ticket Holders £10 on the gate

Tickets can be pre booked by calling 020 8332 7112 or via

RICHMOND TEAM: 15 Jordan Simpson-Hefft 14 Jono Woodward 13 Cameron Mitchell 12 Ronnie McLean 11 Ben Rath 10 Freddie Gabbitass 9 Luc Jones 1 Will Goodrick-Clarke 2 Jason Phipps 3 Craig Trenier 4 Will Warden (capt) 5 Alex Humfrey 6 Jake Parker 7 Jack Allcock 8 Chris Davies 16 Ross Grimstone 17 Jeremy Cunnew 18 Jessie Liston 19 Jamie Gibbs 20 Ali Chisholm 21 Harry Edwards 22 Joe Tarrant