GEORGE GRAHAM will continue as head coach at Hawick next season, as the Borders outfit look to find their feet in the new Scottish club landscape outside of the Super 6 league, which is being launched at the top of the domestic game this coming autumn.
The former Scotland prop and forwards coach took over the reins at Mansfield Park midway through the 2017-18 season and helped the club consolidate after a desperate start to the campaign. They finished seventh in the table that year and reached the Cup semi-final before losing to Stirling County, and they have repeated the feat this season except this time they face Heriot’s in the last four of the knock-out competition on 30th March.
“The club are delighted to have gained the services of George Graham for another season,” said a spokesperson. “This is a huge boost for the club, knowing that we will have George’s experience and knowledge. We have a young squad who are growing in confidence and to have his guidance for another season will be of huge benefit.”
Graham emerged as a no-nonsense loose-head out of Stirling County in the late 1980s and early 1990s, then spent five years playing rugby league in the north of England, before returning to the 15-man code with Newcastle Falcons when the game went ‘open’ in the mid-1990s. He picked up the first of his 25 caps against Australia at Murrayfield in November 1997, and the last against Wales in 2002.
He cut his teeth in coaching with Hawick’s arch-rivals Gala, before stints with the Scotland national team, Petrarca Padova in Italy and Gala again.
He got involved with Hawick through watching Guy, the youngest of his four sons playing for the club. Gary, his eldest son, made his FULL Scotland debut against Italy, and picked up his second cap against France.