After a close win by 9pts – 0 against the Navy U23 XV on Wednesday, the Blues Academy take on the RAF U23 XV on Saturday.

The Blues make 8 changes (one of them positional) to the starting line that played the Navy on Wednesday.  In the pack, Leon Patel-Champion and Henry Peck start at prop, Aubrey Grimes starts at hooker, Jacob Moody returns at second row and Callum Strachan at flanker.  In the back line Dylan Leney starts at scrum half and Ben Phillips at fly half with Harry Hutchins moving to centre.  The side will be captained by No. 8 Rahat Choudhury.

Blues Academy Director, Denis Ormesher, said: “The RAF are in the final stages of their preparations for the Inter-Services Championship, when they will play the Navy next week and the Army later this month.  With the RAF game being our third game in 9 days we are again making changes to rotate the squad, and try to keep the lads fresh.”

“We were pleased with the result against the Navy, although we failed to capitalise on a number of the chances we created.  We will be looking for the lads to be much more clinical in attack this week, in what will be another hard physical game against an older side.”   

The Blues Academy play away on Saturday 7th November against the RAF U23 XV.  The game is at RAF Halton, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire HP22 5PG, and Kicks off at 2.00 pm.


  1. Leon Patel-Champion
  2. Aubrey Grimes
  3. Henry Peck
  4. Charlie Harvey
  5. Jacob Moody
  6. Callum Strachan
  7. Harry Agnew
  8. Rahat Choudhury (capt)
  9. Dylan Leney
  10. Ben Phillips
  11. Ross Taylor
  12. Harry Hutchins
  13. Stuart Livesey
  14. Ed Goodman
  15. Liam Shields
  • Michael Bond
  • Ben Thompson
  • Oliver Pescott-Frost
  • Sam Copeland
  • Jacob North
  • Olly Howard
  • Tom Jennings
  • Max Titchener

Next Home Match

Friday 23rd August
1st XV Pre Season
Goldington Road