Bedford make seven changes for Scottish trip

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Bedford Blues have made seven changes to their side ahead of this afternoon’s trip to London Scottish.

Another bonus point win last weekend against Moseley, coupled with an easing injury list mean Mike Rayer can keep all his squad involved and look to continue the improvements made so far this season.

Blues Team Manager Rob Crowle said: “We’ve been delighted with how the season has started particularly with our attacking game. We’ve scored some good tries and it’s given us a decent platform to build from.

“However, we are only two games into the season and no one is getting ahead of themselves. London Scottish had a great win last weekend and will be looking to wipe away the memories of their opening day loss at home to Moseley.

“Richmond Athletic Ground is a great venue for running rugby so the lads are looking forward to what is a big challenge against a big physical side.”

Pat Tapley (wing), Piers O’Conor (fullback), Myles Dorrian (fly half) and Paul Tupai (lock) all make their first starts of the campaign. Elsewhere Dean Adamson starts on the left wing, Camilo Parilli-Ocampo comes in at loosehead prop and Josh Buggea gets the nod at openside while skipper Nick Fenton-Wells moves to number 8.

Starting line-up: 15. Piers O’Conor; 14. Pat Tapley; 13. Michael Le Bourgeois; 12. Ollie Dodge; 11. Dean Adamson; 10. Myles Dorrian; 9. Jordan Burns; 1. Camilo Parilli-Ocampo; 2. Charlie Clare; 3. James Currie; 4. Paul Tupai; 5. Mark Flanagan; 6. Harry Wells; 7. Josh Buggea; 8. Nick Fenton-Wells (c).

Replacements: 16. Ben Wilkinson; 17. Jack Culverhouse; 18. Mike Howard; 19. Hayden Thompson-Stringer; 20. Henry Taylor; 21. Jake Sharp; 22. Henry Staff.