AFTER a rest weekend Dorchester’s first XV head back into Tribute Southern Counties South league action at home to Combe Down tomorrow (2.30pm).

The last game between these two sides resulted in a close-fought encounter with Dorchester winning 32-29 in the last play of the match. Combe Down will be determined to avenge that result.

Coach Josh Ovey is beginning to get senior players back from injury and is heading towards a more settled squad again.

Adam Makepeace sees his regular second-row partner Brad Mullins return, Jamie Morgan comes back from shoulder injury to his familiar centre position whilst Jack Hayward takes up the scrum-half role with George Foot outside him at fly-half.

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Ovey’s bench has experience in the form of Dave Cottell and Tom Gower with youth and speed from Deklyn Bane.

The county town side currently sit seventh in the table with Combe Down one place above them, both sides will want the victory to kick their campaigns forward.

Surcouf Park will also have Dorchester’s A XV also in league action, with their Tribute Dorset & Wilts Two South fixture against Ellingham & Ringwood Seconds (2.30pm).

This game sees third take on fifth. In their third game of the current season, Dorchester took the win away and with captain Matt Fry continues from comeback from injury on the bench, and selects a strong team, he will be keen to do the double.

Jamie Jackson will lead the team onto the park, with Rob Parker at fly-half, Liam Stocke back from injury in the front row Jake Bosher returning at scrum-half.

With two teams at home, Six Nations games on the big screen at the clubhouse, it is sure to be a bumper day for any local rugby supporter.

On Sunday, three of Dorchester’s junior sides head into Dorset & Wilts cup action, with the under-12s, under-13s and under-14s locking horns with Weymouth & Portland, Bridport plus Bradford-on-Avon respectively.

Tribute Dorset & Wilts One South action continues with a huge clash for Weymouth & Portland at home to table-topping Blandford.

Bridport will look to keep their resurgence going at East Dorset Dockers and Puddletown travel to Slaughtergate to face title-chasing North Dorset.