Goldington Road is sure to be full of festive cheer as Bedford Blues prepare to welcome Jersey Reds on Boxing Day for a Greene IPA Championship clash.

The two sides met back in September with the Reds getting the win in a closely fought contest at St Peter but the Blues will be looking for a good response in the reversal as they hope to finish 2016 on a high.

After two British & Irish Cup games in as many weeks, the Blues make a host of changes to their starting line-up including seven changes from last weekend's encounter against Ealing Trailfinders. Returning to the backs are Matt Gallagher, George Perkins and Jordan Burns while Hayden Thompson-Stringer, Jacob Fields and Ben Cooper make up the front row and Justin Blanchet starts at blindside flanker.

Starting Line-Up:

15. Matt Gallagher
14. George Perkins
13. Tom Farrell
12. Michael LeBourgeois (c)
11. Dean Adamson
10. Myles Dorrian
9. Jordan Burns

1. Hayden Thompson-Stringer
2. Jacob Fields
3. Ben Cooper
4. Mike Howard
5. Will Carrick-Smith
6. Justin Blanchet
7. Josh Buggea
8. Paul Tupai


16. Dan George
17. Billy Walker
18. Jack Culverhouse
19. Ed Taylor
20. Ben Adams
21. Tom James
22. Jake Sharp


Next Home Match

Friday 1st March
1st XV Championship
Goldington Road