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.


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).

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