Blues back under Friday night lights for the visit of the Knights

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Captain, Rich Lane has plenty of experience against the Knights (Image: Bedford Blues)

The hugely anticipated return of Friday night league action at Goldington Road is nearly upon us, as Mike Rayer makes four changes to the starting XV who fell in Jersey last weekend.

Will Biggs and Oisin Heffernan are both casualties from Saturday’s defeat and they are replaced by Jack Hughes and Corrie Barrett, while short-term loanee Brandon Nanson also starts.

Highly-rated centre, Tom Litchfield who made his England Under 20’s debut not so long ago is the fourth change, replacing Ethan Grayson as the Blues look to continue their famed flair-filled rugby.

Biggs and Heffernan join a growing injury list with winger Dean Adamson also out alongside Jacob Fields and Jordan Onojaife.

Will Maisey keeps his position at fly-half after an impressive kicking display in the Channel Islands, with new man Louis Grimoldby having to settle for a place on the bench.

The atmosphere is sure to be raucous, with an added boost for NHS staff who have been granted free entry for the occasion as a thank you for their efforts throughout the pandemic.

The Bedford Blues starting XV:

15. Rich Lane (C), 14. Matt Worley, 13. Jamie Elliott, 12. Tom Litchfield, 11. Pat Tapley, 10. Will Maisey, 9. Alex Day; 1. Emmanuel Iyogun, 2. Jack Hughes, 3. Corrie Barrett, 4. Brandon Nansen, 5. Alex Woolford, 6. Bailey Ransom, 7. Joe Atkinson, 8. Oli Stedman

Bedford Blues Replacements:

16. Josh Pieterse, 17. Joey Conway, 18. Ed Prowse, 19. Luke Frost, 20. Tui Uru, 21. Connor Tupai, 22. Louis Grimoldby, 23. Ethan Grayson

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