Walker wings his way back to Hawick as Greens look to end losing run

NIKKI Walker is ready to run out at Mansfield Park again tomorrow.

The towering six-foot-four winger has been drafted in to face Stirling County in a must-win match for Hawick, who are coming off the back of two local derby defeats.

Walker has played the last two games for Edinburgh Rugby as he continues his recovery from shoulder surgery.

But the 31-year-old Scotland international is returning to his roots tomorrow. And Greens coach Phil Leck is delighted to have him on board.

He told the Hawick News: “It’s great for us because he’s an absolute quality player.

“At training on Wednesday he trained as hard as anybody else. He’s about 12 inches above everyone else but that’s what we want, we want him to stand out.

“We want Stirling to panic when they see his name on the teamsheet, because that’s what I would do if I was up against him.”

Walker helped Hawick to the domestic double and joined the Border Reivers in 2002. He went on to play for the Ospreys in Wales and signed for English outfit Worcester, before heading back over the border in the summer.

And his arrival back in Hawick comes at a perfect time as the Greens look to bounce back from losses to Melrose and Gala.

Although Leck has targeted the next four games, against Stirling County, Ayr, Currie and Heriot’s, as important, he insists there’s no need to push the panic button.

“The lads were beating themselves up about the results and I told them we’ve just lost to two of the best sides in the country. It’s not the end of the world.

“We competed reasonably well and we understand that we need to target other games to make sure we stay where we want to be,” he said.

“There’s no panic. We just need to get back to basics and crack on from there.”

n HAWICK will be revealing their Greatest Ever XV at a special dinner at Mansfield Park tonight. Find out who has made the final cut at www.hawick-news.co.uk from 9pm.

n THE Greens will be hosting a Family Fun Day at Mansfield on Sunday, from noon.