1stXV v Loughborough, 1881 v Barnes, Sat Sep 01, 2018, Match Previews
Ampthill welcome Loughborough (National 1) and Barnes (Zoo Shield Division 1) to Dillingham Park this coming Saturday.
After a successful pre-season Amps are looking forward to the opening fixtures of the 2018-19 campaigns in National 1. A’s finished 4th in the table last season with a played 30, won 19 record while Loughboro finished 13th with a played 30 won 10 record after flirting with relegation for much of the year.
The home side field five former internationals (Kevin Barrett – England, Paino Hehea, Aleki Lutui – both Tonga, James Pritchard – Canada and Soane Tonga’uiha – Tonga) in the squad and give league debuts to Tonga’Uiha (signed from Bristol), Will Foster (Loughboro), Ciaran Whyte (Boroughmuir), Olly Walliker (Old Albanians) & Euan McKirdy (Boroughmuir).
The 1881s finished 2nd in the Zoo Shield Division 1 last season with a played 24 won 20 record behind Richmond Vikings who have won the the trophy for the last 6 years! Barnes finished 6th with a played 23 won 12 record.
After excelling in the pre-season fixtures, six Ampthill Academy graduates (Niall Cleaver, Joe Cafferty, Liam Everitt, Kyle McSwiggan, Peter Smith and Hayden Thomas) make their merit table debuts in for the 1881s.
Opportunities remain to sponsor members of the senior squad, Director of Rugby Mark Lavery would be pleased to talk to any interested party in the bar after the games.