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Bedford Blues have named their 22 man squad to take on Richmond in the Greene King IPA Championship on Saturday afternoon.

Following last weekend's disappointing 22-40 home defeat to Doncaster Knights, the Blues will be looking to bounce back against Richmond who they defeated 34-14 at Goldington Road back in October.

Goldington Road will be opening its gates on Tuesday 28th March for the annual Mobbs Memorial Match as Bedford Blues prepare to go into battle against The British Army (Kick Off 7:45pm).

This year's match also takes on extra special meaning as it marks the one-hundred-year anniversary since Lieutenant Colonel Edgar Mobbs DSO - a true England rugby legend and a genuine hero of World War I - died during the Third Battle of Ypres while attacking a machine gun post.

Bedford Blues first Championship home game of 2017 ended in defeat as promotion chasing Doncaster Knights racked up a bonus point 22-40 win at Goldington Road.

The Blues did take a bonus point thanks to two tries from Dean Adamson and one a piece for Tom James and Pat Tapley but after going 0-19 down within nine minutes, it was always an uphill task to get back into the game.

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.

This week has seen a major change to the Greene King IPA Championship with the news that London Welsh have ceased to exist as a professional club after being refused permission to stay in the league by the RFU.

The Blues home fixture against London Welsh, scheduled for Friday 17th March, is now cancelled. However, Bedford Rugby Club are currently exploring all avenues to find a suitable quality replacement fixture on the same evening.

Currently in contact with a number of options, Bedford are confident of arranging an alternative fixture and still hosting a two-day rugby and beer festival on that weekend.

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Saturday 25th February
1st XV Championship
Goldington Road
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