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Blues may use young guns as they seek revenge over south coast rivals

Chichester RFC return to action tomorrow looking to avenge defeat on a familiar foe.

 

The Blues, who have not played for three weeks, welcome Sussex rivals Brighton to Oaklands Park tomorrow (3pm) for the penultimate home game of the season.

 

Scott Ashley’s side, who sit fourth in the London Division One South, will be out for revenge after being beaten 38-26 at their coastal neighbours back in November.

 

That defeat all but ended the Blues’ hopes of a swift return to national league rugby.

 

After a poor start to 2018, which saw them lose their first three matches, Chi have bounced back, sealing victories in two of their last three.

 

This includes a 37-19 win over Chobham last time out. That match saw Chi give debuts to two teens – 18-year-old Jack Martin, who is the son of club chairman Keith, and fly half Lewis Sampson, who is a former Seaford College pupil.

 

Another youngster who may feature is 18-year-old colt Josh Goodwin, who has been called into the England counties under-18s squad for a match against Ireland next month.

 

The Seaford College scrum half has represented Chichester at every age level and is a current member of the Colts team.

 

He was picked out after attending a trial in Stourbridge, where he appeared alongside the best talent from across the country.

 

Against very stiff competition, he was selected for the 23-man squad to play Ireland at Burnaby Road, Portsmouth, in two matches on April 4 and 7.

 

With a number of players at the counties level going on to play professionally and even represent their country, it is a big honour for the teen player. Everyone at the club was delighted for Josh and his family, which includes dad Stuart, who is a former Chichester player and current referee.

 

Paul Colley, Chi’s director of rugby, said: “I first saw Josh playing for Chichester U16 a couple of years ago and could see straight away that he had real talent.

 

“We even brought him into the Colts early to try and develop him and his selection is great news for Josh and indeed us as a club.

 

“Josh made his first XV debut this season and, hopefully, he will have another run out with the firsts before the season finishes. We wish him all the best against the Irish.”

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