BARNSTAPLE supporters will get a first look at new signing Gareth Harvard in the front row when Bideford visit Pottington this Saturday for the final pre-season warm-up.
And there could be another new face on parade if director of rugby Kevin Squire can complete the formalities.
Harvard, from Llanelli in South Wales, played in the three-handed trial against Newton Abbot and the Cornwall All Blacks at Launceston last Saturday
“He caused all sorts of problems on the tight-head side and looked a very useful acquisition,” said Squire.
Squire is saying little about his next potential signing until the paperwork is done. “He hasn’t committed yet and I don’t want egg on my face,” he said.
Barnstaple had an effective warm-up afternoon at Launceston, where they beat the host club 26-14, then lost narrowly to Newton Abbot 7-0.
“I was delighted with the performance against the All Blacks as it showed how hard we have worked pre-season,” said Squire.
“Although the second 40-minute game against Newton Abbot didn’t go our way, we were all over them for most of it. The difference was we failed to make the best of our chances, and when Newton broke out they buried theirs.”
Barum tries against the All Blacks were scored by Will Topps, James Lewis, Mark Berry and brother Luke Berry. Josh Squire did the kicking.