Four changes from Pirates loss as Blues host Nottingham

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Saturday's clash will be the 105th competitive meeting between the two sides... (Image: Bedford Blues)

Director of Rugby, Mike Rayer has made four changes to the starting XV that lost to Cornish Pirates last week, with key man Will Maisey returning to fly-half as Louis Grimoldby drops to the bench.

Three of the changes come in the pack, with Osman Dimen given his first start at tighthead prop, while Oli Stedman and Joe Atkinson make welcome returns to the back row.

Luke Frost moves up to the second row, replacing the banned Jordan Onojaife who is suspended until Boxing Day after his red card in last week’s loss in Penzance.

In a boost to local production, Saturday’s game is the first time that all four home-grown Bedford-born players start, with Tom Litchfield joining Jamie Elliott, Dean Adamson and captain, Rich Lane in the starting line-up.

Bedford Blues currently sit in sixth place in the Greene King IPA Championship, with their opponents in 10th following a 41-31 victory against bottom side, London Scottish last Friday night.

This fixture is one of the English game’s most historic and goes back 130 years, with the two sides facing each other 104 times during that period.

Both teams will be looking to make their way up a still tightly congested Championship table in the 105th meeting, despite Ealing Trailfinders beginning to gather pace at the summit.

The game kicks off at 3pm on Saturday afternoon at Goldington Road.

Bedford Blues Starting XV:

15. Rich Lane (C), 14. Pat Tapley, 13. Jamie Elliott, 12. Tom Litchfield, 11. Dean Adamson, 10. Will Maisey, 9. Alex Day; 1. Corrie Barrett, 2. Jack Hughes, 3. Osman Dimen, 4. Luke Frost, 5. Alex Woolford, 6. Oli Stedman, 7. Joe Atkinson, 8. Tui Uru

Bedford Blues Replacements:

16. Josh Pieterse, 17. Joey Conway, 18. Ed Prowse, 19. Tom Lockett, 20. Bailey Ransom, 21. Connor Tupai, 22. Louis Grimoldby, 23. Ethan Grayson

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