With 2019 in full-flow, Bedford Blues are all set for their first game of the year as they welcome Ealing Trailfinders to Goldington Road on Saturday afternoon.

It is fourth versus second in the Greene King IPA Championship, with the west London side sitting just five points ahead of the Blues as the halfway point in the season arrives. The Blues meanwhile head into this weekend’s encounter having won their last five league games, the most recent being a 27-11 victory over a very stubborn Richmond side.

Director of Rugby Mike Rayer has the rare luxury of being able to name the same XV that started against Richmond three weeks ago with the only changes coming on the bench. Young scrum half James Lennon is joined by the experienced Jake Sharp who returned to Goldington Road just before Christmas.

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

1. Sean McCarthy
2. Jacob Fields
3. Alex Penny
4. Ed Taylor
5. Mark Flanagan
6. Oli Curry
7. Josh Buggea
8. Jarad Williams

16. Tadgh McElroy
17. Hayden King
18. Ben Cooper
19. Will Carrick-Smith
20. Justin Blanchet
21. James Lennon
22. Jake Sharp

Next Home Match

Saturday 14th September
1st XV Pre Season
Goldington Road