Interim Head Coach Simon Pickett admitted that team selection was "real tough" as he chose his first 1st XV to open the new season against Winchester at Gosport Park tomorrow (3pm) writes Brian Seeney.

"It was real tough team selection and that's great having two or three lads playing for each 1st XV shirt (because it) is exactly what we want," he said last night.

To those who aren't featuring tomorrow, Pickett said: "Don't get disheartened if you didn't make the 18.

"For the majority your time and opportunity will come... be ready to seize it. Relish that competition and drive each other on to become better players."

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He described last night's training session as "really good" and said the team need to "take that session into Saturday and when we work hard for 80+ minutes the results will take care of themselves."

New signing Declan Gillett (26 ), whose last club was London 1 North side Brentford, will make his debut at full back and Ethan Carpenter (18) steps up from the Colts for his debut.

Sam Foster returns at inside centre after making being unavailable all of last season and Toby Woodford is in the second row after just one appearance on the bench in a Hampshire Cup game last season..

Gos:
15 Declan Gillett
14 Rory Penfold
13 Wayne Dugan
12 Sam Foster
11 Kieran Darrington
10 Alex Duncombe
9 Wes Dugan (Captain)
8 Tim Snowden
7 Ethan Carpenter
6 Simon Trivett
5 Toby Woodford
4 Ben Roberts
3 Daniel O'Donoghue
2 Sean Shepherd
1 Daniel Gamblin
Replacements:
16 Nathan Titchener
17 Louis Bristow
18 David Cleary

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