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Retiring: Dai Whitehead

Retiring: Dai Whitehead

areham Heathens commercial manager Dave Tyson, left, clubhouse bar manager John Cole, middle, and Bernie Rhodes, director of rugby, right, in the clubhouse which is undergoing a revamp.

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Portsmouth end their London south home campaign with an attractive encounter against runaway league leaders Tonbridge Juddians at Rugby Camp (3pm).

The big-spending visitors, who have lost only once all season and amassed over 100 points, will present a stern test for the club’s youngsters.

Gosport & Fareham are at full strength as they take on Guildford in London south west two at Gosport Park.

Front-line kicker Ryan Thorne returns on the wing and Jonathan Wood and Wayne Dugan swap roles, with Wood in the centre and Dugan going to full-back.

Dai Whitehead (prop), number eight Matt Flower and the best second-row pairing of Toby Woodford and Mark Pollard all return, with Trevor Westerman going to the bench as the front-row replacement.

Whitehead plans to retire after this match – five months before his 50th birthday.

‘We have selected a very strong team for the final league game of the season and with all our players available, it has been a tough selection process,’ said director of rugby Jamie Daly.

‘With the league situation as it is and Guildford having to come here looking for a win to stand any chance of gaining promotion, it looks likely to be a good, hard and physical game.

‘We will be looking to improve on the last-gasp loss we suffered in the first game of the season (21-19) when we could have won with the last kick of the game.

‘Because of that we have a score to settle and have selected a team capable of doing that.

‘We are expecting Guildford to come out hard and try to dominate the game but we will be prepared for this and look at turning their frantic efforts to our advantage.’

United Services are keen to end their Hampshire League division one season on a high with a win away at Southampton.

‘We know it will be fiercely contested because our opponents need a win to stand any chance of remaining in Hampshire one for next season,’ said Services coach Neil McRoberts.

‘From experience, we are expecting this to be a huge battle up front, with the winner of those confrontations being the favourite for the win.’

Newly-crowned division two champions Southsea Nomads end their season with a visit to Fawley.

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