Gosport & Fareham call in help from New Zealand

Gosport & Fareham head coach Neil McRoberts. Picture: Sarah Standing (142624-8087)

Gosport & Fareham head coach Neil McRoberts. Picture: Sarah Standing (142624-8087)

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  • McRoberts excited by arrival of Kiwi pair
  • Hooker and centre sign up to boost Gosport Park outfit
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Gosport & Fareham are turning to a New Zealand element in their bid to pick up their first London one south win of the season.

Kiwis Caleb Aingi and Levi Hui Hui will make their debuts for the club in the home clash with Chiswick tomorrow.

It is all part of us trying to forge stronger two-way links and aiding player development

Neil McRoberts

Hooker Aingi and centre Hui Hui arrived at Gosport Park earlier this month in a bid to widen their rugby education.

And Neil McRoberts believes they can both make a big impact.

‘We had two players go out to Australia last year and the two Kiwis were at the same Queensland club,’ said the head coach.

‘They wanted to gain experience of playing in the northern hemisphere and we were happy to help.

‘It is all part of us trying to forge stronger two-way links and aiding player development.’

Although Gosport & Fareham lost last weekend at Charlton Park, McRoberts felt it was the best performance from his team to date.

And tomorrow he will be boosted by the return of a number of key figures.

In the forwards, the vastly experienced Chris Thompson is back from injury and Mark Pollard is available again.

Sam Foster is set to make his first start of the season in the centre, with Kieran McRoberts continuing at outside half.

Elsewhere, Locks Heath Pumas are keen to build on their winning start in Hampshire one when they host Fordingbridge.

The Pumas began life at the higher level with victory over the Isle of Wight.

Head coach Nathan Moore expects Fordingbridge to be a tougher nut to crack.

‘It was good to open up with a win and I was pleased with aspects of our performance,’ he said.

‘I felt we fronted up well in defence and had the majority of possession.

‘It got a bit feisty at times and we will be up for it again.

‘Fordingbridge have done well at this level but we will be going out to win again.

‘Our priority is to get enough points as quickly as we can to make sure we stay in this league.’

The Pumas give a debut to Royal Navy under-23 winger Apenaisa Dauibau.

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