Championship rugby returns to Goldington Road this weekend as Bedford Blues prepare to take on last season's beaten finalists Doncaster Knights.

Bedford started the week nine points behind this weekend's opponents in the league table, but with the expulsion of London Welsh from the Championship and all results against the Exiles being expunged, the Blues are now 14 points off the Knights.

When the two teams met back in September at Castle Park, the lead changed hands four times with the Bedford scoring four tries, but the hosts finally took the spoils 30-22 with a late score denying the Blues an extra losing bonus point.

Following last weekend's British and Irish Cup encounter against the Dragons Select XV, Bedford make several changes with George Perkins starting at fullback and Ollie Dodge getting the nod at inside centre. Hayden Thompson-Stringer and Ben Cooper will be propping while Will Carrick-Smith starts in the second row and Justin Blanchet gets the number six shirt.

Starting Line-up:

15. George Perkins
14. Pat Tapley
13. Michael LeBourgeois (c)
12. Ollie Dodge
11. Dean Adamson
10. Myles Dorrian
9. Tom James

1. Hayden Thompson-Stringer
2. Jacob Fields
3. Ben Cooper
4. Paul Tupai
5. Will Carrick-Smith
6. Justin Blanchet
7. Josh Buggea
8. Jason Hill


16. Dan George
17. Camillo Parilli-Ocampo
18. Christian Judge
19. Byron Hodge
20. Ben Adams
21. Jordan Burns
22. Jake Sharp

Next Home Match

Friday 23rd August
1st XV Pre Season
Goldington Road