Bedford Blues will be heading up the M1 on Friday night to face high flying Yorkshire Carnegie in the Greene King IPA Championship.

It’s been a Jekyll and Hyde couple of weeks for the Blues who put in a huge performance to pick up a bonus point win at London Welsh a fortnight ago before relinquishing a ten point lead to lose 10-13 at home to London Scottish last weekend.

Heading into Friday night’s encounter with second placed Yorkshire Carnegie, the Blues make five changes to their starting line-up with Matt Gallagher, George Perkins and Jake Sharp starting in the backs while Camilo Parilli-Ocampo gets the nod at loosehead prop. Byron Hodge gets his first start in a Bedford jersey as he replaces Mike Howard who picked up a shoulder injury during last week’s defeat to London Scottish.

Starting line-up:

15. Matt Gallagher
14. George Perkins
13. Michael LeBourgeois (c)
12. Tom Griffiths
11. Dean Adamson
10. Jake Sharp
9. Tom Whiteley

1. Camilo Parilli-Ocampo
2. Jacob Fields
3. Christian Judge
4. Will Carrick-Smith
5. Byron Hodge
6. Ed Taylor
7. Josh Buggea
8. Ben Adams

Replacements:

16. Dan George
17. Jack Culverhouse
18. Billy Walker
19. Paul Tupai
20. Jason Hill
21. Jordan Burns
22. Myles Dorrian