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Riders ready to show off their new look

The Green and White are set to become the Double Green. When the Riders host the Montreal Alouettes on Saturday afternoon at Mosaic Stadium they will be doing so wearing their new Signature Series jersey that was released earlier this week.

The look features a new shade of green that hasn't appeared on the team's jerseys before, along with the wheat sheaf in the team's logo being accented on the shoulders and on the new helmets.

Riders' Brett Swain spent off-season learning with Jeff Garcia

There's going to be a reunion on Saturday when the Saskatchewan Roughriders host the Montreal Alouettes at Mosaic Stadium.

Unlike most reunions in sports, this one isn't between former teammates or coaches who worked together. This game will reunite Alouettes quarterbacks coach and legendary CFL pivot Jeff Garcia and Riders receiver Brett Swain on the same field.

What's the connection? Swain and Garcia spent time together this off-season at one of Garcia's football programs in the United States.

Dave Struch named Regina Pats assistant coach

As promised the Regina Pats are beginning to add to their coaching staff.

Former Saskatoon Blades Head Coach Dave Struch signed on with the Pats on Wednesday as an assistant coach. Struch will join Head Coach and Senior Vice-President of Hockey Operations John Paddock behind the bench.

Struch was the Blades head coach last season after being one of the team's assistant coaches for seven seasons before that. The Blades finished second last in the WHL's Eastern Conference last year under Struch with a record of 16-51-2-3.

Riders linebackers quietly chipping in

Right now the defence is the engine driving the Roughriders to victory. Most of the love and attention so far has been directed towards the defensive line, specifically defensive end John Chick, and the defensive backs.

Overlooked through this three-game-win streak that has seemed to turn the Riders season around, have been the linebackers. Every game, Sam Hurl and Brian Peters have been the second line of defence.

Taj Smith getting another chance

Taj Smith will remain with the Green and White after being charged for violating the terms of his release.

The receiver's conditions are in place because of aggravated assault charges stemming from a fight outside of a bar in Regina last summer.

Rider fans buying up new jersey

The newest jersey from the Saskatchewan Roughriders is selling well after its unveiling Friday.

“We’ve seen them moving very, very well out of the stores,” said Mark Habicht, the team’s director of retail operations.

“Sales have been great. I’m happy and unhappy to report that the website actually crashed for a little while because we had so much demand online and unfortunately demand exceeded supply.”

Photos/Video: Riders release images of new special edition jersey

Thanks to help from Rider Nation, the Saskatchewan Roughriders have released images of the new special edition jersey.

The jersey is part of Reebok's new CFL Signature uniforms. The new jersey will be worn by each team twice the season as well as in seasons to follow.

Players on each team got their first glimpse of the new uniforms already, including Rider Rob Bagg (see the video below).

Defence comes to the rescue in Riders 23-17 over Winnipeg

The Saskatchewan Roughriders managed to pull off a gutsy win Thursday night in Winnipeg beating the Blue Bombers 23-17.

The Riders had a short week, an extended road trip and problems off the field. The team also had 17 penalties in the game, some of which kept the Bombers' drives alive.

Somehow, the Riders still pulled off an ugly game at a sold-out Investors Group Field.

Roughriders third strongest sports brand in Canada

Despite its size compared to other sports franchises, the Saskatchewan Roughriders still have one of the most recognizable sports brands in Canada.

Insightrix Research Inc. recently asked more than 2,600 sports fans online questions about different teams and how fans perceived them. The Riders had the third strongest brand among sports franchises in Canada. The Montreal Canadiens had the strongest while the Toronto Maple Leafs had the second strongest.

Blue Bomber fans living in Rider Nation hope for a win

In recent years it has really not been easy being a Blue Bomber fan, particularly not when you live in Rider Nation.

The Roughriders face the Blue Bombers in Winnipeg for the first of three regular season games, but not all football fans in Saskatchewan will be cheering for the green and white.

Dennis Dyck was born in Winnipeg and raised in southern Manitoba, but he has lived in Yorkton since the 80s.

“It’s been a very difficult last couple of years, it really has,” he said.

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