HAWICK’S Craig Charters, Keith Davies and Neil Renwick are preparing to swap Mansfield for Melbourne at the end of this month as they take off for twelve months in Australia.
The trio have been hugely important this season as the Greens secured their survival in Premier Division One.
But while their team-mates will have to endure more of the horrendous Scottish weather, it will be sun, sea and sand for them.
Renwick told the Hawick News: “The reason we’re going is for a change in lifestyle and weather and to see a bit of the world.”
The boys have a one-year visa, and although a return date hasn’t been arranged, they will almost certainly miss the end of the current campaign as well as Hawick Sevens.
They start their adventure on the west coast at Perth before heading down to Melbourne, where they hope to play some rugby with a familiar face from Mansfield Park.
Renwick added: “We’re going to be playing for the Melbourne Unicorns, where Graham Scott is playing at the moment. I’m looking forward to Australian rugby, I like their open style of play.”
Very much the jokers in the Hawick pack, Davies said he was “looking forward to putting loads of shrimp on the barbie and maybe wrestling a kangaroo”. While, as well as playing rugby, Charters was hoping to “get a chance of playing a small role in Neighbours”.
On a serious note, all three admitted they would miss their respective girlfriends, the lads at Mansfield and the Common-Riding.
Charters added: “We’ll keep in touch with the boys here and hopefully they can go on and win the cup and do well in the sevens.”
Hawick coach Derek Armstrong conceded they would be massive voids to fill, with all three integral parts of his squad.
He said: “They will be a massive miss. Craig is a big part of our team, Neil is a match winner on his day and Keith has played really well this year.
“It’s also a good thing for the club though because hopefully they’ll come back better, more mature players.
“They’re really popular lads, and we all wish them well.”
n At the time of going to press, Hawick were without a fixture this week as Dundee’s postponed Scottish Cup tie against Gala from last weekend is scheduled to be played tomorrow.