Hawick U18 rugby talks resume

HAWICK PSA and Hawick Wanderers will both hold extraordinary general meetings in early January, with discussions taking place on the possible formation of one club.

The idea was mooted earlier this year when PSA found themselves struggling to raise a team, but talks broke down.

PSA president Billy McCracken commented: “Under-18 rugby in Hawick needs change and what we want to do is what is best for Hawick rugby.”

McCracken went on: “People may have opinions about history and the need for the two sides to stay separate, but something has to change.”

After an annual struggle to find players, the Burnfoot-based outfit revealed they only had 10 boys signed up for the forthcoming campaign, announcing in August that they would be unable to fulfil their 2013/14 fixtures due to a shortage of players.

Scotland’s oldest semi-junior side then performed a U-turn, vowing to field a side – thanks to former players and committee members who came forward offering help, resulting in PSA taking part in this year’s league.

McCracken added: “With these talks ongoing, we could secure a long-term future for Hawick under-18 rugby.”