Amalgamation back on the agenda as PSA and Wands call meetings

HAWICK’S two semi-junior rugby clubs are to revisit a proposal to amalgamate.

Hawick PSA and Hawick Wanders will both hold extraordinary general meetings in early January, with discussions taking place on the possible fomation of one

Hawick PSA president Billy McCracken said: “This idea was talked about last year, it is not something new. Wanderers and ourselves were discussing the possibility of this last season but unfortunately talks broke down and we both walked away.

“Under-18 rugby in Hawick needs change and what we want to do is what is best for Hawick rugby. People may have opinions about history and the need for the two sides to stay separate but something has to change.”

After an annual struggle to find players, the Burnfoot-based outfit revealed that they only had ten boys signed up for the forthcoming campaign, announcing in August that they would be unable to fulfil their 2013/14 fixtures due to a shortage of players.

Scotland’s oldest semi-junior side then performed a dramatic U-turn, vowing to field a side thanks to ex-players and committee members who came forward offering help, resulting in PSA taking their place in this year’s competition.

McCracken added: “Basically our doors were closed at the start of the season. We had to go around knocking on doors and asking for help that thankfully kept us going.

“We have been struggling for a while now and with these talks ongoing, we could secure a long-term future for Hawick under-18 rugby.

“This is not something that has just been proposed this season, it has been a long thought out process as sub-committees have been formed to obtain as much information on each club and what we could do to improve, which is then reported back to the respective boards.” McCracken confirmed that PSA would be holding an extraordinary general meeting on January 6 in the Hawick RFC clubrooms, with Wanderers holding their own on the same day, where the sub-committees will present their recommendation to the members.

The PSA president added: “The sub-committee will offer its recommendation to the board and the members who will then have to vote on what they feel is right for the club and rugby in Hawick.

“There are always going to be difficult decisions to be made but for the future of rugby in the region something has to give before we find ourselves in an even more difficult situation.

Hawick Wanderers president Ian Graham was not able to comment before we went to press.