On many occasions this season, Mike Rayer and his Bedford Blues side have had to wait at least a fortnight to get back on the pitch but just eight days after the Blues saw off London Scottish under the Friday night lights, they are back in action at Goldington Road.
The visitors are a dangerous Cornish Pirates team who have fought their way up to second in the Championship table after four straight victories including an impressive 21-19 away triumph at Coventry last time out.
These sides have already played each other in the league this season; a tense and belligerent 20-18 victory for the Blues in Penzance thanks in large to the left boot of Will Maisey and Rayer would take a repeat with the Pirates on the charge.
This fixture last season saw the Blues run in seven tries in a spectacular 55-13 demolition and while a repeat score may be asking a lot, an expectant Goldington Road crowd will expect to build on last week’s victory.
Maisey back at 10
Will Maisey – so pivotal in October’s away victory – is back in at fly half replacing Louis Grimoldby who drops to the bench as one of four changes to the starting line up that beat Scottish.
Jamie Elliott is the second change in the back line as he returns at inside centre to make his 50th appearance for Bedford Blues while Bryan O’Connor returns on the front row with Alex Woolford slotting in behind him in the pack.
Michael Le Bourgeois misses out after picking up a head injury last Friday night and joins Oisin Heffernan and Jordan Onojaife to make it three players in the physio’s room.
This game at Goldington Road kicks off at the later time of 4pm with England beginning their Six Nations campaign in Italy with a 2.15pm start. Tickets for the encounter can be bought here.
Bedford Blues Starting XV:
15. Matt Worley, 14. Sean French, 13. Jordan Venter, 12. Jamie Elliott, 11. Dean Adamson, 10. Will Maisey, 9. Alex Day (C); 1. Joey Conway, 2. James Fish, 3. Bryan O’Connor, 4. Robin Williams, 5. Alex Woolford, 6. Luke Frost, 7. Kieran Curran, 8. Joe Howard
Bedford Blues Replacements:
16. Jacob Fields, 17. Jamie Jack, 18. Ed Prowse, 19. Geordie Irvine, 20. Cameron King, 21. Jac Arthur, 22. James Lennon, 23. Louis Grimoldby
The Road to Twickenham
It’s also a huge weekend for Bedford Blues Women, who secured the NC2 Midlands league title last weekend and continue their charge towards Twickenham in the RFU Junior Cup round of 16.
The visitors are Hucclecote Ladies from Gloucestershire who play at a similar standard and will provide a stern test although the Women are flying high after nine straight victories this season in all competitions.
The Women’s game kicks off on Sunday 4th February at 2pm and tickets for this game can also be bought here or on the gate at Goldington Road.