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Greg Hoolihan
Greg Hoolihan
Dave Wheaton and the Fareham Heathens. Picture: Neil Marshall (171152-317)

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Portsmouth stalwart Greg Hoolihan is set to make his 200th league appearance against Weybridge Vandals in London two south west at Rugby Camp.

Hoolihan, who has moved from the front row to the back row this season, will be hoping to celebrate with another try.

He has been in a rich scoring vein – already notching five tries this season from his new position.

Coach Ben Dudley praised the contribution of the versatile player.

‘This is a nice landmark and a measure of his consistency,’ said Dudley.

‘He still has a lot of rugby ahead of him and is the sort of player you want in the team.

‘Greg leads by example and out on the pitch he makes sure players around him keep their standards high.’

The Rugby Camp club are looking to get back to winning ways after defeats in the league and RFU Intermediate Cup.

Before that Portsmouth chalked up four successive wins in the league and Dudley wants a return to that form.

Dudley, himself, returns at outside-half after injury and Rob Giquel replaces the injured Daz Leggat in the second row.

‘We had a meeting in the week and have set targets to where we want to be at Christmas and at the end of the season,’ he added

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Services have done well after being promoted at the end of last season but lost their last game away from home.

Before that they completed a league and cup double over Camberley and coach Matt Davis is hoping that home advantage will again inspire his team.

‘It is important that we look to consolidate in our three games before Christmas,’ said Davis.

‘We are looking to ensure we are at least in mid-table by then.

‘Fortunately we are virtually at full-strength, though we have lost our captain Nathan Bond with a broken jaw.’

Drew Meakin is drafted in at scrum-half to replace Ben Smith who has Royal Navy duties.