Bedford Blues have named their squad for their festive showdown with the Cornish Pirates at Goldington Road on Saturday afternoon.

The round five game of the Championship Cup is a must-win for the Blues if they stand any chance of qualifying for the knockout stages of the competition after suffering back-to-back defeats to London Irish.

With the game being the last home fixture for Bedford before Christmas, there is bound to be a festive feel around Goldington Road, but the Blues certainly won't be in a giving move when the referee's whistle blows at 3pm.

In a raft of chages, there is a 100th Blues appearance for flanker Josh Buggea who returns to the back row alongside Justin Blanchet and Jarad Williams. Alex Penny comes into the front row with Ed Taylor taking a place in the second row while Will Hooley returns from international duty to start at ten and Dean Adamson is named on the wing.

Starting line-up:
15. Rich Lane
14. Pat Tapley
13. Lewis Robling
12. Chris Czekaj
11. Dean Adamson
10. Will Hooley
9. Lee Dickson (c)

1. Sean McCarthy
2. Charlie Clare
3. Alex Penny
4. Ed Taylor
5. Mark Flanagan
6. Justin Blanchet
7. Josh Buggea
8. Jarad Williams

16. Tadgh McElroy
17. Toby Trinder
18. Ben Cooper
19. Oli Curry
20. Huw Worthington
21. Alex Gliksten
22. Ed Coulson

Next Home Match

Friday 23rd August
1st XV Pre Season
Goldington Road