Matty Douglas stands down from Hawick with immediate effect – Graham Hogg takes over

Scott MacLeod and Roddy Deans will also assist the interim head coach

Matty Douglas and Graham Hogg lift the pot during the Tennents Premiership final match between Hawick and Currie © Craig Watson

HAWICK have announced that head coach Matty Douglas will stand down from his role with immediate effect, alongside forwards coach Lewis Bertram.

The pair had been informed recently that their contracts wouldn’t be renewed beyond the end of the season.

Graham Hogg will serve as interim head coach until the end of the season, starting with Saturday’s Scottish Cup semi-final at home to Currie Chieftains.

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Hogg, brother of Scotland centurion, Stuart, will be assisted in the coaching set-up by Scott MacLeod and Roddy Deans.

Both bring a raft of experience to the table, with Hawick-born MacLeod having played 24 times for Scotland alongside club stints with Border Reivers, Scarlets, Edinburgh, Kobelco Steelers and Newcastle Falcons.

Deans is Director of Rugby at Merchiston School and has also had spells coaching Hawick and Heriots, and the Scotland under-16 and 18 squads.

Douglas was at the helm as Hawick marched through the 2022-23 season unbeaten to claim a Premiership and Scottish Cup double.

They are on course to repeat that achievement this season with the Mansfield men also in the Premiership play-off final, again versus Currie, at home on 4th May.

A statement issued by the club said:

As part of the on-going rugby review and the announcement made by the club recently, with regard to the coaching team, Hawick RFC would like to issue the following update.

Following the decision communicated to the club last week by Matty Douglas, to tender his resignation with immediate effect from the position of Head Coach, Lewis Bertram has now confirmed that it is also his intention to step down from his role as Forwards Coach, also with immediate effect, a decision conveyed to Director of Rugby Gary Muir.

Hawick RFC would therefore like to announce that Graham Hogg has agreed to step in as interim Head Coach for the remainder of this season, as the club strives to secure victory in the Premiership play-off final and retain the Scottish Cup.

The club are also delighted to confirm that Graham will be assisted in working with our squad over the coming weeks, by Scott MacLeod & Roddy Deans, both of whom will bring their considerable knowledge and expertise to the table.

The club is extremely grateful to Graham, Scott & Roddy for stepping up to the challenges presented by the remaining games as the club and players strive for further silverware.

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