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Wednesday, May 14, 2008

New British & Irish Lions coach confirmed as Ian McGeechan

New British & Irish Lions coach confirmed as Ian McGeechan

It's official, after many names were thrown around with plenty of speculation, Ian McGeechan has been announced as the man who will take the head coach role for the prestigious British & Irish Lions tour of South Africa next year.

McGeechan is more than qualified for the position, having been in charge three times previously, namely in 1989, '93 and '97, as well as being involved with the unbeaten midweek team in 2005.

He was also a Lion twice as a player, in 1974 and '77, so is no stranger to the concept of bringing together the elite from England, Wales, Ireland and Scotland.

The general feeling is that this role is made for McGeechan, and with the coach now confirmed, preparations, albeit planning at this stage, will begin and we should be set for a humdinger of a series in the World Champions' backyard in exactly a year from now.

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Posted by Rugbydump at 10:04 pm | View Comments (6)

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pistolplatt May 14, 2008 9:24 pm

hurrah!good for him!

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Anonymous May 14, 2008 9:40 pm

Definately the best way forward. Up to him to get Gatland and Edwards on his coaching staff now.

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Anonymous May 14, 2008 10:12 pm

Geech's the best option.Lions! Lions! Lions!

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G-unit May 15, 2008 1:53 am

Legend! deserves it!

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goodNumber10 May 15, 2008 6:26 am

the man is an absolute legend. Everything you would want in a coach.You just listen to the guy talk and you are in awe of him. He's friendly but you're under no illusion he can do the dirty work that comes with being a manager and man managment.even if we go and lose the test series you just know we'll at least be competitive, which is all you want from a lions team, anything extra is a complete bonus.

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Flanker6 May 15, 2008 9:11 am

delighted..bring some of the passion he created on the 1997 tour back!

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