‘It’s going to be tough,’ admits new YM coach

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Rupeni Ragia has been named as the new head coach of Hawick YM, writes Alexander McLeman. The club confirmed the appointment of the former Hawick Harlequins and Murrayfield Wanderers coach this week and he replaces Dan Deans, who took temporary charge of the team following the removal of Paul Hanlon in January. Speaking to the Hawick News, Ragia said: “It’s going to be tough and a lot of hard work but I’m confident about YM’s chances next season.

“I’m set to meet the boys on Monday when we can all sit down and have a chat about the coming season and what everyone thinks needs to change which will be critical so the club can move forward.”

Ragia, a former Heriot’s, Hawick, Fiji and Murrayfield Wanderers player, was initially approached about the post by the recently departed Hawick RFC head coach Phil Leck, who was in the process of establishing a coaching team to work with both the Greens and the Redskins. The departure of Leck, however, has not deterred Ragia, who added: “I was approached about three weeks ago by Phil [Leck] who talked about his plans for the Hawick and YM teams and wanted to see if I would be interested in joining the coaching team for both sides.

“Obviously Phil has now left his post but I want to see what I can still do for the YM and hopefully we can work hard and get this club back to where it wants to be.”