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Dugans on County duo at Gosport Park tomorrow

First XV duo Wes and Wayne Dugan will play for Hampshire in this season's opening County Championship game against North Midlands which takes place at Gosport Park tomorrow (3pm) writes Brian Seeney.

The brothers are named in the Hampshire squad and will be aiming for a third trip to Twickenham and the final of the Bill Beaumont County Championship Division 2 (Pool 2) at the end of this month (27th May).

It's the third successive season that Gos have hosted a County game having never previously been chosen as a County match venue.

Hampshire beat Dorset & Wiltshire in 2016 by 46-13 and went on to win the Championship Shield in 2016.

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Promoted to Division 2 in 2017, Hampshire drew 36-36 with Somerset at Gosport Park on the way to a second Twickenham final, losing to Leicestershire 39-17.

The Dugan brothers played in both Twickenham finals along with Gos hooker Tim Snowden but he is out of contention this season due to a shoulder injury.

Tomorrow's game will be preceded by a Match Day Lunch - bar is open from 12 noon and sit down is 1pm.

Hampshire: Grant Hancox (Bournemouth), Wayne Dugan (Gosport and Fareham), Jake Caddy (University of Portsmouth), Robbie Searle (Tottonians), Joel Knight (Havant), Curtis Barnes (Portsmouth), Jacob Knight (Sutton and Epsom), Wesley Dugan (Gosport and Fareham), Harry Dolbear (Tottonians); Alex Hibdidge (Andover), Armandus Morgan (Havant), Jerome Trail (Havant), Liam Murphy (Tottonians), George Primett (Henley Hawks), Luca Firetto (Bournemouth), Harrison Young (Havant), Mitch Goldring (Havant), Richard Janes (Havant), Joe Rees (capt - Bournemouth), Kemp Price (Worthing Raiders), Liam Perkins (Worthing Raiders), Joe Davis (Havant).

Cheers David

David Cleary, landlord of the Rose & Crown in Stoke Road, Gosport is the sponsor of the Match Ball for this Saturday's final home game of the season when the 1st XV game play Effingham & Leatherhead (3pm).

A player at Gosport & Fareham, David is pictured with 1st XV forward Sean Shepherd who presented David with a signed match day ball.

Match Ball sponsors have their photo taken with a 1st XV player which is published on this website and on the club's Facebook page to acknowledge their support.

Sponsors also receive a match ball signed by the 1st XV.

The cost of sponsorship is a minimum £50 although sponsors can give a bigger sum if they wish!

You can sponsor as a business, an individual or share the cost as a group of friends.

If you would like to be a ball sponsor next season, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your name and contact details and confirm the amount you are willing to pay for any of our home fixtures this season.

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Words & photo: Brian Seeney

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