Royal Blues ponder the way ahead

Hawick Linden officials and associates intend to discuss the club’s future and what they think may be best, after Scottish Rugby’s ruling this week to declare the 2019-20 domestic season null and void.

Thursday, 2nd April 2020, 4:45 pm
Hawick Linden, in blue, in action earlier this season against Portobello (library image by Bill McBurnie)

The Royal Blues had already been relegated from East Region Division One before rugby across the country was suspended in response to Government and medical expert advice over the coronavirus outbreak.

The decision from Scottish Rugby has, in effect, ‘spared’ the Volunteer Park club from the drop, as its stance means there will be no automatic promotion or relegation.

However, the Linden has indicated that another season in Division One may not quite be in its best interests – despite any perception that it may have dodged a bullet by staying up.

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Club president Alan Stirling said talks would hoepfully take place soon before Hawick Linden decided on what action it may pursue.

“It was a very tough second half to our season, not winning a game since October,” he explained.

“We only had one game scheduled and were already relegated, regardless of the result.

“We would have preferred playing in East 2 next season to try to rebuild our squad and see the club getting back to winning some matches.

“As a club, we need to decide what is the best way forward and, hopefully, we will do that via conference calling over the next few days.”