UPDATED: Blues’ Atkinson added to RFU Championship squad

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Bedford Blues back Mark Atkinson has been added to the RFU Championship XV to face the Maori All Blacks at Doncaster Knights’ Castle Park on Saturday.

Atkinson along with Rotherham’s Ted Stagg, have joined Blues director of rugby Mike Rayer’s squad for the game to cover for the injured Jack Tovey and Dan Baines.

Commenting on the revised squad, Rayer said: “It was inevitable that we would pick up injuries last weekend in the Championship, and we’re of course disappointed to lose Jack and Dan.

“However, this represents a great opportunity for Mark and Tedd and we’re grateful to those individuals for stepping in, and particularly to Rotherham for their co-operation.

“Mark offers us plenty of options behind the scrum in terms of his versatility, while Tedd has shown outstanding form in recent weeks for his club.”