Bedford Blues return to Championship action this weekend with the customary trip to Penzance as they face the Cornish Pirates on Sunday afternoon.

Games between the clubs are always hotly contested and league position will mean nothing when the two go head-to-head at the Mennaye Field.

Looking ahead to the game, Blues forwards coach Martin Hynes said: “The Pirates may be at the foot of the table however the lads are only too aware that a wounded animal is a dangerous animal and we will have to be at our best at a notoriously difficult ground to take something from this game. Two wins on the bounce from their B & I cup will have restored some confidence for them so the challenge is for us is a significant one.”

The Blues make a number of changes from the team which defeated Ulster A last weekend with Pat Tapley, Tom Griffiths and George Perkins all start in the backs while Phil Boulton, Mark Flanagan and Nick Fenton-Wells all return to the pack.

Starting Line-up:

15. Piers O’Conor
14. Pat Tapley
13. Michael LeBourgeois
12. Tom Griffiths
11. George Perkins
10. Jake Sharp
9. Jordan Burns 

1. Alex Lundberg
2. Sam James
3. Phil Boulton
4. Mike Howard
5. Mark Flanagan
6. Nick Fenton-Wells (c)
7. Josh Buggea
8. Joel Conlon


16. Charlie Clare
17. Camilo Parilli-Ocampo
18. Harry Wells
19. Paul Tupai
20. Pete White
21. Myles Dorrian
22. Steffan Jones

Next Home Match

Wednesday 26th December
1st XV
Goldington Road