Blues welcome leaders Newcastle to Goldington Road

Blues Squad 2019-20
Blues' fly-half and Bedford Independent sports journalist, Will Hooley, also returns to Goldington Road as part of the 2019/20 squad.

Championship rugby returns to Goldington Road this weekend as Bedford Blues welcome league leaders Newcastle Falcons to town on Saturday afternoon.

The Blues head into the game determined to put things right after a really tough opening to the league campaign.

The visit of the former Premiership side along with the game being broadcast live on Sky Sports is sure to add plenty of spice to the occasion; particularly with it being six years since the two teams last met in the Championship final of 2013.​

The Blues make three changes to their starting line-up from last weekend with Ali Crossdale starting at fullback in place of Rich Lane who picked up a knock against Doncaster Knights last weekend.

Jordan Onojaife starts in the second row with Oli Curry coming in to the forwards while Dan Temm moves to number eight.
Starting line-up:​
15. Ali Crossdale ​
14. Pat Tapley​
13. Ed Coulson ​
12. Lewis Robling ​
11. Ryan Hutler​
10. Will Hooley​
9. Grayson Hart​

1. Sean McCarthy (Capt) ​
2. Robbie Smith​
3. Henry Paul ​
4. Jordan Onojaife​
5. Will Carrick Smith ​
6. Oli Curry ​
7. Joe Atkinson ​
8. Dan Temm​
Replacements: ​
16. Jacob Fields ​
17. Joe Wrafter ​
18. Andrew Boye ​
19. Huw Worthington ​
20. Josh Buggea ​
21. James Lennon ​
22. Oskar Hirskyj-Dougla ​
23. Dean Adamson

Words: Simon Hutchinson