Hawick announce coaching update

Head coach Matty Douglas and forwards coach Lewis Bertram will not have their contracts renewed next season

Matty Douglas coached Hawick to a Premiership and Cup double last season. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk
Matty Douglas coached Hawick to a Premiership and Cup double last season. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk

HAWICK have announced that there will be a change of head coach before the start of next season, with Matty Douglas, who led the Mansfield side during a highly successful period, being informed that he will not have his contract renewed. Forwards coach Lewis Bertram is in the same boat.

Douglas was at the helm as Hawick marched through the 2022-23 season unbeaten to claim a Premiership and Scottish Cup double, and they are on course to repeat that achievement this season with the Mansfield men facing a Cup semi-final against Currie Chieftains at home on 13th April and a Premiership play-off final against the same opposition, also at home, on 4th May.

It is not clear at this stage how this decision by the club will alter the coaching set-up during the run-in to the end of the current campaign.


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A statement issued by the club said:

Hawick RFC would like to confirm that as a result of an ongoing review into current coaching and player development, the contracts of both Matty Douglas (Head Coach) and Lewis Bertrum (Forwards Coach), will not be renewed at the end of the current season.

A decision on the coaching structure for season 2024-25 will be made when this review is completed.

The roles of the remaining members of the coaching team, Graham Hogg (Backs Coach) and Matt Landels (Hawick Force Coach) will be under consideration within the new structure.

This has been a very difficult decision for the club, and not one that has been taken lightly.

We would like to thank both Matty and Lewis for their dedication and hard work during their tenure at the club, which played a significant part in the success achieved over the last two years.


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