Bedford Blues head to Richmond Athletic Ground on Sunday afternoon fully refreshed and raring to finish the season on a high.

With just three games remaining in the Greene King IPA Championship season, the Blues are looking to put in a trio of good performances before heading into a longer than normal summer break.

Bedford will be without second row duo Mike Howard, who suffered an ankle injury during the Blues last game against Rotherham, and Harry Wells, who is needed by parent club Leicester Tigers this weekend while Mike Le Bourgeois also misses out with an Acromioclavicular Joint injury.

Bedford make a number of changes from the clash with Rotherham Titans a fortnight ago with Brendan Burke and Mark Atkinson starting in the centres and Tony Fenner getting the number ten shirt. Phil Boulton starts at tighthead prop while Paul Tupai and Gregor Gillanders team up in the second row with Don Barrell and Joe Vandermolen starting at sic and seven respectively.

Starting line-up:

15. James Pritchard (c)
14. Pat Tapley
13. Brendan Burke
12. Mark Atkinson
11. Ollie Dodge
10. Tony Fenner
9. Darryl Veenendaal

1. Darren Fearn
2. Charlie Clare
3. Phil Boulton
4. Paul Tupai
5. Gregor Gillanders
6. Don Barrell
7. Joe Vandermolen
8. Nick Fenton-Wells


16. TJ Harris
17. Nic Auterac
18. Ben Cooper
19. Tom Armes
20. Sacha Harding
21. Harry Peck
22. Jake Sharp