Hawick RFC have announced that an agreement is in place for Hawick YM to form the backbone of the Greens’ 2nd XV for the 2015/2016 season.
The creation of the 2nd XV means Hawick YM will no longer be an independent playing club. The Redskins players, coaches, committee and members will all fully integrate into the Mansfield Park fold in what is one of the biggest changes to the structure of Hawick rugby in years.
Greens president Ross Cameron said: “As of last week we have a formal agreement that Hawick YM will join Hawick RFC as our 2nd XV and cease playing as an independent club. The new 2nd XV will play in reserve league division two, with YM withdrawing from east regional division one. They will no longer be a playing club but will retain a social element, much like Hawick Trades.
“This has been an ongoing process for over a year and I’m very pleased to be where we are at. Many said going down this road was a poison chalice, laden with issues, but the membership at YM believed that in the current climate, with falling playing numbers, it was the right time for this to happen and I’m glad.”
“This wasn’t a smash-and-grab, shotgun wedding sort of merger. It has been a thoroughly planed out process with both sides having the best interests of improving club rugby in Hawick.
“For Hawick to be successful we need to have access to a larger number of players. We need a bigger squad and this outcome means we will become a two-team club with a bigger player pool, which puts us in prime position moving forward.”
Cameron acknowledged that not everyone will be 100 per cent happy with the agreement, but said that full integration was mutually beneficial for both clubs.
YM were not able to provide an official comment on the merger but club sources say they are pleased with the outcome and where both clubs are headed.