Blues name side for Mobbs clash

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Bedford Blues have named their 25 man squad which will face the British Army in the Mobbs Memorial game at Goldington Road this evening.

First played in 1921, the Mobbs Memorial game honours Lieutenant Colonel Edgar Mobbs DSO, a true England rugby legend and a genuine hero of World War I.

Formerly competed between the East Midlands and the Barbarians, the game now pits the British Army against Bedford Blues and Northampton Saints on alternate years and this year the match falls on Blues’ turf.

The Blues team for the night will feature numerous first team players as well as members of the Blues Academy alongside a number of invitational players from Saracens, Wasps, Ampthill, Cambridge, Hertford, Bishop’s Stortford and Loughborough University.

There are welcome returns to the squad for Ollie Dodge and Dean Adamson who have both missed almost two months of the season with injury while Aaron Morris heads back to his old stomping ground to take up the fullback role.

Looking ahead to the game, Blues Director of Rugby Mike Rayer said: “The Mobbs match is always a great evening with both sides wanting to play some exciting rugby and give the crowd an excellent night’s entertainment.

“For us, it is also a good opportunity to give some players a competitive run out and also take a look at some of the lads who have been invited to pull on a Blues shirt for the night.”

Starting line-up: 15. Aaron Morris (Saracens); 14. Dean Adamson; 13. Piers O’Connor (Wasps); 12. Ollie Dodge; 11. Jim Wigglesworth; 10. Steffan Jones; 9. Peter White; 1. Titi Lamositele (Saracens); 2. Sam James (Wasps); 3. Camilo Parilli-Ocampo; 4. Will Rowlands (Wasps); 5. Ollie Marriot (Cambridge); 6. Oskar Hirskyj-Douglas (Wasps); 7. Matt Howling (Cambridge); 8. Joe Vandermolen (c).

Replacements: 16. Ben Wilkinson (Blues Academy); 17. Alex Lunberg (Wasps); 18. Jack Culverhouse (Hertford); 19. Ed Taylor (Loughborough Uni); 20. Josh Tyler (Ampthill); 21. Ethan Waddleton (Saracens); 22. Kieran Duffin; 23. Nico Defeo (Blues Academy); 24 Nick Hankin (Bishop’s Stortford); 24 Darrell Dyer.