Blues look for back-to-back home wins against Islanders

Bedford Blues v Jersey Reds
Bedford Blues v Jersey Reds. Image: Bedford Blues/

Mike Rayer has named his squad as Bedford Blues return home to battle Jersey Reds at Goldington Road this Saturday.

The first meeting between the two sides this season, marking the halfway stage of the Championship season, sees Blues looking for back to back home wins for the first time this campaign, buoyed by the impressive start to 2020.

Director of Rugby, Rayer, has made four changes from last weekend, including handing a second start of the season to Sam Leeming.

Elsewhere in the back division there is a slight shuffle with Rich Lane moving back into the 15 jersey as Pete Lydon is called back to Ealing Trailfinders this weekend to cover injuries.

In the forwards, Jordan Onojaife and Ed Taylor come back into the starting side to form the second row, with Oli Curry moving to blindside flanker.

The final change sees Alafoti Fa’osiliva replace Dan Temm at number 8, whilst Lewis Robling makes a welcome return from injury with a place on the bench.

Starting XV:
15           Rich Lane
14           Ryan Hutler
13           Oskar Hirskyj-Douglas
12           Sam Leeming
11           Matt Worley
10           Will Hooley (C)
9             Grayson Hart

1             Joe Wrafter
2             Charlie Clare
3             Henry Paul
4             Jordan Onojaife
5             Ed Taylor
6             Oli Curry
7             Joe Atkinson
8             Alafoti Fa’osiliva

16           Robbie Smith
17           Sean McCarthy
18           Alex Penny
19           Will Carrick Smith
20           Huw Worthington
21           James Lennon
22           Lewis Robling
23           Pat Tapley

Words by Ryan Robinson

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