Rugby review launch throws up ‘real need for change’

Brian Renwick

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A root-and-branch review into rugby in Hawick is being carried out.

Former Greens skipper Brian Renwick, who is spearheading the review, has already met with coaches and presidents from various clubs over the last month and a questionnaire has been circulated to garner opinions.

Now he is appealing to rugby fans to have their say by adding their views to the questionnaire.

He told the Hawick News: “I was approached by Alister Pow and Michael Aitken [Hawick RFC president and vice-president] to do a review of the game, and only agreed to do it on the condition that action be taken on the recommendations, which was agreed.

“There needs to be change but it’s about who’s responsible and how we can make it happen.

“Rugby in Hawick lends itself to being very strong on the one hand but also very fragile because there are seven different committees, meeting in different rooms and all discussing different things.

However, he stressed: “This isn’t my review. This is about everybody involved in Hawick having a chance to make recommendations for change and I’m pulling it all together.”

The review will cover playing, coaching, facilities, governance and the playing pathway for players of rugby in Hawick, and Mr Renwick stressed it will be driven by the town’s rugby fraternity.

And while a previous rugby meeting back in 2009 failed to make any progress, he is confident this review can have a major impact.

He said: “There’s lots of things coming out and the initial feedback from coaches and presidents is there’s a real need for change.

“One of the questions is, are you happy with the state of rugby in Hawick and every one said no, so that in itself suggests that something needs to be done.”

Copies of the questionnaire can be picked up from the Hawick News office and returned to Brian Renwick at Heart of Hawick, Kirkstyle, Hawick TD9 0AE, or online at hawickrfc.co.uk

n Hawick play host to Jed-Forest at Mansfield Park on Boxing Day in an RBS Cup and Border League fixture. Kick-off for the match is 1.30pm.

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