Redskins to join ‘freshened-up’ Border League format next season

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HAWICK YM will be playing in the Border League next season.

Their spot was confirmed at a recent meeting where it was also decided that Berwick, Haddington and Langholm would no longer be a part of the set-up.

League secretary John Thorburn said: “The YM are there on merit. They have been coming up the ranks and after attending a couple of meetings, we asked them if they wanted to participate.

“They will be competing in the RBS Cup next year and so it made sense for them to also be a part of the Border League.

“It’s a freshened-up format. We are determined to protect the Border League because it’s a good thing for the clubs.”

Following their National One title triumph last Saturday the Mansfield Haugh outfit will be competing in the ten-team championship.

Redskins president Ronnie Frost admitted the lack of games was a big factor behind their decision to join the oldest rugby union league in the world.

He said: “This will give us more games and it will be against some top opposition. We might take a few hits but I think this is a reflection on how far the club has come. We spoke to the players and they were keen enough to give it a go.”

Fixtures and scheduling are still to be announced.

n THE YM presentation night is being held on April 27 in the clubrooms. Tickets are available from Brian Smail.