Lions Head Coach Knighted

Sir Ian Robert McGeechan OBE (born 30 October 1946) was knighted in the January 2010 new years honours list for services to sport and in particular rugby union. He is a former rugby union player and coach. Known fondly as “Geech”.

He played for Headingley and made his d├ębut for Scotland in 1972, winning thirty-two caps. He played in two positions, fly-half and centre. He had the honour of captaining his country Scotland on nine occasions and he toured with the British and Irish Lions as a player in both 1974 and 1977.

Geech is arguably the greatest coach the Lions have ever had, he is certainly the man who has coached them the most holding the lead coach role in 1989 (Australia), 1993 (New Zealand), 1997 (South Africa) and 2009 (South Africa). he was also the mid week team coach in 2005 on Clive Woodwards disappointing tour to New Zealand.

Many supporters feel that the McGeechan way was the saving grace for the British & Irish Lions and certainly contributed to the success of the team in south Africa 2009 when they came close to upsetting the World Champions going down 2-1 in the test series.

Coaching Roll of Honour

2005-2009 London Wasps (director of rugby)
1999-2003 Scotland
1993-1999 Northampton
1988-1993 Scotland
1989, ’93 & ’97 British and Irish Lions
2005 British and Irish Lions (midweek side)
2009 British and Irish Lions