DORCHESTER are itching to banish the winter blues when they aim to return to winning ways against New Milton Seconds in the Wadworth 6X Dorset & Wilts One South (3pm).

There will be a few changes made to the starting line up this weekend as Cameron Wills, another product of Dorchester’s youth section, makes his first team debut.

Wills has made some impressive performances this season for the A XV, and coach Rich Bament believes he deserves his chance to step up.

Dave Cottell returns to the squad following injury, Luke Doherty also comes back into the front row, Chris Elliot adds impact to the front row from the bench while Jake Bosher returns at scrum half and the hard running Luc Scadden comes back into the first team.

Head coach Ben Parker away for three weeks so Dorchester assistant coach Rich Bament will take the reins in his absence, who said of the selection: “The team will need to be fully firing this week after having an enforced break last weekend.

“We need to ensure all the good work is carried on and we keep pushing for the league title and promotion.”

Dorchester’s A XV look forward to the visit of Ellingham & Ringwood Seconds for a 2.15pm kick off and with a strong squad assembled, captain Rob Parker will look to do the double over them as Dorchester took the honours in the reverse fixture.

Dorchester’s Thirds, the Gladiators, travel to Swanage & Wareham for what will be a hotly-contested fixture.

Saturday will also see the mini section of Dorchester taking to the stage in the morning, welcoming touring sides from Keynsham to play from under-sevens to under-12s and during the afternoon the Six Nations games will also be on the big screen for all to view.

On Sunday the under-13s welcome a side from Swanage & Wareham to Coburg Road kicking off at 10.45, while the Dorchester Weymouth & Portland ladies side take on Southampton in the afternoon at Monmouth Avenue.

n Elsewhere in Dorset & Wilts One South action, bottom side Weymouth and Portland travel to Bournemouth Thirds (3pm), while eighth-placed Bridport journey to third-placed Wimborne Seconds.

n On March 17th both Dorchester and Weymouth will come together in the second Weldmar Mens Rugby Walk from Dorchester RFC to Weymouth RFC before watching the final three games of the Six Nations. Details to join this can be found on the Weldmar website.

n Over Easter Dorchester will be holding the now annual ‘Surcouf’ game on Good Friday kicking off at 2.30 pm, which is a family event organised by club stalwart Lloyd Surcouf. With fun rugby, good food and something for each member of the family to enjoy, this community event is an Easter highlight.