Walker takes over at helm for Green machine

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Hawick Rugby Club announced on Tuesday – at its AGM – that former Scotland and Edinburgh winger Nikki Walker will take over as new head coach for the 2014/2015 season.

The 32-year-old signed a one-year rolling contract with the Greens and replaces Phil Leck, who departed for Edinburgh Accies last month.

Walker, who is still contracted to Edinburgh Rugby, will continue playing for the Mansfield Park outfit in a player/coach role and is delighted about the next step in his rugby career.

Speaking to the Hawick News this week, Walker said: “I am really grateful to Edinburgh and Hawick for allowing me to do this, and now that everything has been tied up, I am lookingforward to getting out there and started with the boys.

“I feel that the experiences I have gained over my professional career have given me a lot, which I am hoping can transfer to the club and help improve Hawick RFC.”

Walker added: “When the role was made available it was really a no-brainer for me. It is a huge honour to be able to coach Hawick RFC and I hope I can do the business for them on the pitch.”

Hawick’s outgoing president, Rory Bannerman, added: “The club are delighted to have Nikki on board for next season and are very confident that he can build on last season’s performances and take the club forward.

“His vast playing experience and knowledge of the game willbe hugely beneficial in bringing through young talent in Hawick, while also bringing back some experienced players who have been playing outside the town.”

In addition to Walker, the club announced that Dougie Anderson will take over from Kevin Reid as director of rugby, while Ross Cameron replaces Bannerman as president, with John Thorburn named as his vice-president.