Hawick rugby is poised to undergo a dramatic shake-up with the announcement that Hawick YM is set to become Hawick RFC 2nd XV for the coming 2015/2016 season.
An agreement is in place that YM will merge with Hawick RFC and no longer play as an independent club.
The Redskins players, coaches, committee and members will all fully integrate and cross over to the Mansfield Park side in what is one of the biggest fundamental changes in the structure of Hawick rugby.
Hawick club president Ross Cameron said: “The new 2nd XV will play in Reserve league division two at the start of the 2015/2016 season with YM withdrawing from East Regional Division One and no longer be a playing club, but will retain a social element, much like the Hawick Trades.”
Cameron acknowledged that not everyone will be 100 per cent happy with the agreement, but insisted the full integration was mutually beneficial for both clubs and hopes the increased player pool the club will have access to can keep Hawick RFC competitive for years to come.
He said: “This wasn’t a smash-and-grab, shotgun-wedding sort of merger. It has been a thoroughly planned 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 bigger squad and this outcome means we will become a two-team club with a bigger player pool, putting us in prime position moving forward.”
Hawick YM were not available to provide an official comment on the merger, but club insiders say they are pleased with the outcome and where both clubs are headed.