AMENDED: MATCH PREVIEW V EALING TRAILFINDERS

*Amended - 9.35am, Saturday 16th September. Due to an injury during this morning's warm-up, Howard Packman has been withdrawn from the starting XV and replaced by Elliot Clements-Hill.

Bedford Blues have named their team for an early top-of-the-table clash against Ealing Trailfinders at Vallis Way on Saturday afternoon.
 
Both teams have made the best possible start to the Championship campaign with two bonus points win and a cracking afternoon is in store as each side looks to continue winning ways.
 
Bedford go into Saturday's game off the back of an entertaining 44-26 win over London Scottish at Goldington Road last weekend. A brace of tried for Howard Packman along with one a piece for Michael Le Bourgeois, Lee Dickson, Rich Lane and Jack Nay secured the bonus point win in front of 2175 fans.
 
Looking ahead to the weekend's fixture, Blues Forwards Coach Martin Hynes said: "We've been really pleased with the start to the season we have made and really couldn't have asked for much more from the lads. There is still plenty of work to do and a long way to go in the season  and that starts this weekend with a difficult trip to Ealing.
 
"Ealing's progression over the past couple of seasons has been fantastic and they play some really attractive rugby. We faced them four times last season and didn't win once, so we know that we have a huge task ahead of us. That said, our lads are progressing each week and are full of confidence. All the ingredients are there for a great game of rugby."
 
Bedford make three changes to the starting line-up which beat London Scottish last weekend with Harry Sheppard starting at fly half while props Sean McCarthy and Alex Penny both start in place of Camilo Parilli-Ocampo and Ben Cooper who move to the bench where they are joined by Justin Blanchet who returns after a knock in pre-season. 
 
The Blues are also delighted to announce that James Wilson has signed on a short-term contract and also takes a place on the replacements bench. The utility back, who made 95 appearances during a five year stint with Northampton Saints and also played for theHighlanders and Chiefs in Super Rugby, will provide cover for Will Hooley who suffered a shoulder injury last weekend which will rule him out for a few games.
 
Starting line-up:
 
15. Chris Czekaj
14. ELLIOT CLEMENTS-HILL
13. Rich Lane
12. Michael Le Bourgeois (c)
11. Dean Adamson
10. Harry Sheppard
9. Lee Dickson
 
1. Sean McCarthy
2. Tom Lindsay
3. Alex Penny
4. Ed Taylor
5. Will Carrick-Smith
6. Alex Rae
7. Ben Adams
8. Jarad Williams
 
Replacements:
16. Jacob Fields
17. Camilo Parilli-Ocampo
18. Ben Cooper
19. Justin Blanchet
20. Jack Nay
21. Jordan Burns
22. James Wilson

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Friday 24th November
1st XV Championship
Goldington Road
Kick-Off
7.45pm

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