Bedford Blues team to face Nottingham

Bedford Blues v Saracens at Goldington Road.

Bedford Blues v Saracens at Goldington Road.

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Bedford Blues finally return to Greene King IPA Championship action with a Friday night trip to Nottingham.

Games between Bedford and Nottingham are always closely contested affairs with the Blues beating the Green & Whites 14-9 in January at Goldington Road while the hosts won 26-24 at Meadow Lane last November.

The two sides had previously played out a fascinating Championship semi-final the previous season with the Blues taking the spoils to reach the final against Newcastle Falcons.

It has been a summer of change at Goldington Road with the Blues revamping their squad and adding some exciting looking signings, four of which head straight into the starting line-up while six take a place on the bench.

Dual-registered Saracens star Nathan Earle makes his competitive debut for the Blues on the left wing while Jim Wigglesworth – who joined from Cambridge over the summer – takes a place on the right wing. The Blues also give first starts in the front row to Tom Williams and James Currie who put in one heck of a shift against Saracens last Friday.

Hooker Jared Saunders, prop Camilo Parilli-Ocampo, back row Josh Buggea, scrum half Peter White, fly half Steffan Jones and returning centre Henry Staff all take a seat on the replacements bench.

Starting line-up:

15. James Pritchard

14. Nathan Earle

13. Mike Le Bourgeois

12. Ollie Dodge

11. Jim Wigglesworth

10. Jake Sharp

9. Darryl Veenendaal

1. Tom Williams

2. Charlie Clare

3. James Currie

4. Mike Howard

5. Paul Tupai

6. Harry Wells

7. Joe Vandermolen

8. Nick Fenton-Wells (c)

Replacements: 16. Jared Saunders, 17. Camilo Parilli-Ocampo, 18. Ben Gulliver, 19. Josh Buggea, 20. Peter White, 21. Steffan Jones, 22. Henry Staff.