Clubs to tackle player shortage

Rugby news
Rugby news

Two of the town’s junior rugby teams have pledged to work together in a bid to reverse declining player

Hawick Harlequins and Hawick Linden issued a joint statement to the Hawick News this week, in which both clubs outlined their aim of encouraging those who have stopped playing but are still young and fit enough to enjoy a game, to pull on their boots again and “help maintain the history of these two clubs for the foreseeable future”.

The statement continues: “Both clubs are committed to providing excellent coaching, training and playing facilities and are soon to start joint training sessions on Tuesday nights at the Volunteer. Guest coaches Ian Barnes and Jim Renwick have also been lined up to take some sessions.

“Officials from both clubs have also discussed the possibility of forming a joint Linden/Quins 2nd XV to enable more players to play each week.”

Linden and Quins, both of whom play in the BT East League Division 1, are also looking to the future by staging annual primary school tournaments, as well as sponsoring the Minis, Albion and semi-junior sides.

The statement concluded: “With almost 200 years of history between the two clubs, all players, committee and supporters want to see this continue for future generations to enjoy. The ultimate target should be to keep Hawick as one of, if not the most, prominent and successful rugby town in Scotland.”

Quins president Drew Turnbull told the Hawick News: “We’re going to work together with the Linden and this can only be good for rugby in the town.”

Echoing these sentiments, Linden president John Tait said: “It’s the way forward for us and I’m delighted we’ll be working alongside the Quins.”

Anyone interested in making a return to the local rugby scene will be welcome at training on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6.45pm at Volunteer Park and Wilton Lodge Park.