THE final weekend of league rugby for Dorchester has both the first XV and A XV in action.

The first XV welcome Swindon College Old Boys to Coburg Road, and they will be looking to end the season on a high with a good home win.

The reverse fixture was Dorchester’s first of the season after stepping up into the Wadworth 6X Southern Counties South, which Swindon won 40-14.

Still suffering with a few injuries the home side field a more familiar side than last weekend. Josh Ovey moves into hooking duties and Joe Prior again starts at prop.

Laurence Burch takes to the second row with Cameron Wills once more and the bench sees deserving places for Harry Dunning following last weekend’s debut along with Damon Ashmore.

The game kicks off at Coburg Road at 3pm.

Dorchester’s A XV travel to North Dorset for their last game, pitching champions elect against the bottom team in the league.

North Dorset however will be keen to spoil the party.

Saturday evening after all games are complete the club holds its annual players dinner and awards night, there is much to celebrate for the club overall.

With the A XV ready to be crowned Wadworth 6X Dorset & Wilts Two South league champions, the club also has three former junior players in action in the England versus Wales U18s Six Nations.

Orlando Bailey and John Stewart both now play at Bath Academy and Sam O’Connor at Scarlets’ academy in Wales.

Sunday the U16s lock horns with Midsomer Norton whilst both teams’ Colts will play each other in the afternoon.

Looking forward to the Easter weekend, the club will hold its now annual Surcouf Family fun game against a Dorchester XV.

Club stalwart Lloyd Surcouf arranges the game as a day of fun rugby and there will be something on offer to entertain every member of the family.

Kick off is at 2.30pm on Good Friday and many former players return to the club for the celebratory day at Coburg Road.

Weymouth & Portland, meanwhile, face a battle to retain fifth place in their Wadworth 6X Dorset & Wilts One South clash away to Bournemouth Thirds (3pm).

The Seahorses need to match or better sixth-placed Blandford’s result at home to Sherborne Seconds to keep hold of their place inside the top half.

Elsewhere, relegated Bridport have a tricky game at home to champions Swanage & Wareham, who have lost just once in 19 games this season.


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