Two changes as Bedford Blues travel to old rivals Coventry

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Mike Rayer has not been shy in making changes to his starting XV throughout the season, looking for the right combos but a mere two changes this time round may signal he has found the winning formula.

Joey Conway returns in the number one jersey, replacing Corrie Barrett while Ethan Grayson replaces Tom Litchfield at inside centre following an impressive debut for Northampton Saints a fortnight ago.

Bedford Blues vs Coventry is one of the nation’s most historic ties, with 180 meetings already clocked up between the two teams, with the Blues looking for their first victory at Butts Park Arena since 2008.

Coventry have been uncharacteristically struggling this season, finding themselves in ninth place following a surprise 36-23 loss at bottom side, London Scottish last weekend.

On the other hand, Bedford are looking to build some momentum following their convincing 40-9 victory against Nottingham at Goldington Road last weekend, in what was arguably the performance of their season so far.

Among the replacements, Robin Williams is featured in the matchday 23 again following some early season injury problems, leaving just Jacob Fields and Will Biggs on the physio’s table.

The game kicks off at 3pm in Coventry tomorrow, and the Blues could leap up to third in the Greene King IPA Championship if other results go their way.


Bedford Blues Starting XV:

15. Rich Lane (C), 14. Pat Tapley, 13. Jamie Elliott, 12. Ethan Grayson, 11. Dean Adamson, 10. Will Maisey, 9. Alex Day; 1. Joey Conway, 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. Corrie Barrett, 18. Ed Prowse, 19. Robin Williams, 20. Bailey Ransom, 21. Connor Tupai, 22. Louis Grimoldby, 23. Matt Worley