Bedford Blues make the trip over to Ireland for this weekend's B&I Cup clash with Connaught knowing that continuity is key as they step into the unknown.

Following the Blues 28-26 win over Championship leaders London Welsh last weekend, Bedford make just two changes to the starting line-up with Darryl Veenendaal starting at scrum half and Phil Boulton coming into the front row.

There is also a place on the bench for Argentinian prop Tomas Gilardon Paz and young number 9 Ben Calder.

Starting line-up:
15. Mike Le Bourgeois
14. Patrick Tapley
13. Brendan Burke
12. Ollie Dodge
11. James Short
10. Mark Atkinson
9. Darryl Veenendaal

1. Darren Fearn
2. Charlie Clare
3. Phil Boulton
4. Mike Howard
5. Paul Tupai (c)
6. Tom Jubb
7. Matt Hankin
8. Nick Fenton-Wells

Replacements: 16. TJ Harris, 17. Nico Steenkamp, 18. Tomas Gilardon Paz, 19. Ben Gulliver, 20. Tom Armes, 21. Ben Calder, 22. Jake Sharp

Next Home Match

Saturday 28th April
1st XV Championship
Goldington Road