Reunion Day Preview

Reunion Day Preview

By Official HRFC
4 October
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It's set to be an action packed day of rugby at Mayfield Park tomorrow as we celebrate Reunion Day with a rare triple header.

There is an early start as we open our doors at 8.30am for live big screen coverage of the World Cup game between England & Argentina which gets underway at 9am.

The Friars take to the field for the first time this season at 1pm when they face old friends Washington. This is a social game and is the perfect opportunity for vets, casual or new players to pull on their boots for an enjoyable run about.

All players are welcome and if you would be interested in playing please contact us -

The first team will be bidding for a return to winning ways when they host Gosforth at 3pm and will be determined to bounce back after losing out so late on to Winlaton last time out.

Tom Johnson, who picked up a sprained ankle in that loss, misses out and joins Sam Kitching, Phil Stevenson, Aaron Jeffery, Antony Lawrence, Lewis Wilson and Dylan Thomas on a lengthy injury list.

Graham Wilson is also unavailable so David Carson-White, who impressed last week, retains his place in the squad.

David Chester is absent due to a Boys Brigade camping trip which gives Alex Winter the opportunity to move from wing to centre.

Youngster Niall Bains was an unused substitute at Winlaton but comes into the side for his league debut along with Brian Osland. Wily veteran half back Patrick Wilson will provide cover from the bench.

Hartlepool are boosted by new signing Shaun Strudwick who comes straight into the side on the blindside. The South African recently moved to the town and brings a wealth of National League experience having previously represented Chester and Caldy, as well as Wasps Academy.

1 Williamson, 2 Small (c), 3 Osborne, 4 Pape, 5 Smalley, 6 Strudwick, 7 Carney, 8 Tubuna, 9 Pelser, 10 Ainley, 11 Z Ivey, 12 K Thomas, 13 Winter, 14 Bains, 15 Osland

Reps: 16 Carson-White, 17 Filby, 18 P Wilson

Injuries and unavailabilities have had a knock on effect to Hartlepool A over recent weekends leading to a couple of heavy away defeats. But they will be hoping to regroup and pick up a first win of the season when they welcome Horden & Peterlee to Mayfield Park (3.15pm KO).

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