Confident Blues face league leaders Newcastle under Friday night lights

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Mike Rayer has named his squad as Bedford Blues look to take their imperious home form with them on the road against unbeaten Championship leaders Newcastle Falcons tomorrow.

Blues have won all four home matches at Goldington Road this year alongside an away success at London Scottish; but will face an altogether different task at Kingston Park against Dean Richards’ Falcons side who still hold a perfect record in league and cup this season.

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Director of Rugby, Rayer, has made only one change to the starting side which beat Doncaster Knights last time out, as Connor Tupai – son of Blues legend Paul – is handed his first start in a Bedford shirt.

New signing Will Maisey is in line for his Blues debut with a place among the replacements. Unfortunately James Lennon (ankle) and Dean Adamson (fingers) remain on the side line through injury.

Starting XV:
15      Rich Lane
14      Ryan Hutler
13      Oskar Hirskyj-Douglas
12      Lewis Robling
11      Matt Worley
10      Sam Leeming
9        Connor Tupai

1        Sean McCarthy (C)
2        Robbie Smith
3        Alex Penny
4        Jordan Onojaife
5        Oli Curry
6        Dan Temm
7        Joe Atkinson
8        Alafoti Fa’osilivia

Replacements:

16      Jacob Fields
17      Joe Wrafter
18      Henry Paul
19      Will Carrick Smith
20      Huw Worthington
21      Grayson Hart
22      Will Maisey
23      Fraser Strachan

Words by Ryan Robinson


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