MATCH PREVIEW V SCARLETS SELECT

Bedford Blues head into their final pool game of the British & Irish Cup knowing that a win in front of their home fans will guarantee a quarter-final place in the competition.

A hard fought 22-17 win over Ulster on a cold night in Belfast has kept the Blues at the top of Pool 2 but a win over Scarlets Select would see Bedford claiming a final eight spot for the first time since 2013.

Director of Rugby Mike Rayer makes a change in the half back combination with Pete White and Myles Dorrian coming in for Jordan Burns and Jake Sharp while Ollie Dodge starts in place of Tom Griffiths. In the pack Sam James and Biyi Alo start in the front row while Josh Buggea replaces Nick Fenton-Wells at openside flanker and Paul Tupai will captain the team from the second row as he replaces Mark Flanagan.

Starting line-up:

15. Steffan Jones
14. Sam Blanchet
13. Henry Staff
12. Ollie Dodge
11. Dean Adamson
10. Myles Dorrian
9. Pete White

1. Tom Williams
2. Sam James
3. Biyi Alo
4. Paul Tupai (c)
5. Harry Wells
6. Justin Blanchet
7. Josh Buggea
8. Joel Conlon

Replacements:

16. Charlie Clare
17. Camilo Parilli-Ocampo
18. Hayden Thomson-Stringer
19. Nick Fenton-Wells
20. Jordan Burns
21. Jake Sharp
22. Michael LeBourgeois

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Friday 24th November
1st XV Championship
Goldington Road
Kick-Off
7.45pm

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