Neville back to boost Portsmouth

113568_RUGBY_08/10/11''Dan Neville passing the ball. ''Portsmouth Rugby football team V Trojans at Rugby Camp, Hilsea.'Picture: Allan Hutchings (113568-036)
113568_RUGBY_08/10/11''Dan Neville passing the ball. ''Portsmouth Rugby football team V Trojans at Rugby Camp, Hilsea.'Picture: Allan Hutchings (113568-036)
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Portsmouth have key man Dan Neville back at outside-half for their tricky London two south west clash at Guildford.

Class-act Neville is not always available because of work commitments and has been suffering with a hip problem.

But he will be on the field to organise the troops tomorrow.

Coach Ian Chandler is delighted to see Neville return.

‘Dan has been out with a knock to his hip but it is great to have his communication skills back in our three-quarters,’ said Chandler.

‘He isn’t one of those flash players but does everything well to get us into the right areas.

‘With his organisational skills he sees things and brings the players around him into the game.

‘It is going to be a hard game at Guildford and we will need his expertise.’

Guildford are on Portsmouth’s tail in fourth place and also have promotion ambitions.

When the two sides met earlier in the season at Rugby Camp, Portsmouth ran out 27-10 winners but it was closer than the final score suggested.

‘It was a very tense affair and we only won it through our sheer persistence,’ said Chandler.

‘When we looked at the fixtures at the start of the season we pinpointed this as one of our toughest games of the season.

‘Nothing has changed since then.

‘In the first game, Guildford may have underestimated us a little.

‘There is no danger they will do that a second time.

‘It is important that we get out of the blocks quickly and put Guildford on the back foot.

‘If we don’t do that they could be very dangerous.’

Portsmouth head into the game in pretty good shape, still fighting for honours on three fronts.

They are gunning for RFU Intermediate Cup and Hampshire Cup glory as well as promotion to London one south.

Portsmouth: C Barnes, Carpenter, Richards, L. Chandler, Gee, Neville, O’Connor, Hoolihan, Hankey, Sargeant, Richards, French,

J Crabbe, Farmer, Long, Cutting, Lamont, Harris.

Back-row forward Luke Osborne returns for United Services as they chase the double over Andover in Hampshire one.

Neil McRoberts also returns to the team at outside-half.

The two players will help provide Services with crucial experience.

‘We need to bounce back after losing at Alton because that saw us slip off the pace of the top three,’ said coach Simon Burns.

‘Though we have beaten Andover already this season, it was a close affair.

‘The key to winning will be in stopping them building up a head of steam on their sloping pitch.

‘When we have the elements in our favour we must look to pin them back.’