Ian McGeechan

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Sir Ian McGeechan
OBE
Date of birth (1946-10-30) 30 October 1946 (age 72)
Place of birth Headingley, Leeds, Yorkshire, England
University Carnegie Physical Training College
Occupation(s) Director of rugby
Rugby union career
Position(s) Fly-half, Outside centre
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
1964–1979 Headingley ()
Correct as of 19 November 2007
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1972–1979
1974 & 1977
Scotland
British and Irish Lions
32
8
(21)
(3)
Correct as of 19 November 2007
Teams coached
Years Team
2005–2009
1999–2003
1993–1999
1988–1993
1989, 1993 & 1997
2005
2009
2015-
London Wasps (director of rugby)
Scotland
Northampton
Scotland
British and Irish Lions
British and Irish Lions (midweek side)
British and Irish Lions
Yorkshire Carnegie
Correct as of 19 November 2007

Sir Ian Robert McGeechan, OBE (born 30 October 1946) is a Scottish former rugby union player and coach. His nickname is "Geech".

Early life

McGeechan was born in Leeds to a Glaswegian father who was in the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. He attended West Park County Secondary School and trained to be a PE teacher at Carnegie Physical Training College (now part of Leeds Metropolitan University). Although his family mostly played football, he took to rugby while in school.[1]

Playing career

McGeechan played for Headingley and made his debut for Scotland in 1972. He won thirty-two caps, playing at fly-half and centre. He captained Scotland on nine occasions. He toured with the British and Irish Lions in both 1974 and 1977. During his playing career, he was also a PE teacher for over two decades.

Coaching

In 1986 McGeechan became the assistant Scotland coach to Derrick Grant and in 1988 he was promoted to coach. In 1990 his team won a Grand Slam victory in the Five Nations Championship. His forwards coach and partner was Jim Telfer.

McGeechan was the British and Irish Lions Head Coach in 1989, 1993, 1997 and 2009.[2] In 2005, he coached the midweek side on the British and Irish Lions tour to New Zealand on the invitation of Sir Clive Woodward.[2]

In 1994 McGeechan was appointed as Director of Rugby at Northampton and in 1999 replaced Jim Telfer as Scottish Director of Rugby.

McGeechan was appointed Director of Rugby at London Wasps in 2005[3] after an unsuccessful and unhappy period as the Scottish Director of Rugby. In his first season of 2005/06 he led Wasps to the Powergen Anglo Welsh Cup title, beating Llanelli Scarlets in the final at Twickenham. In his second season, London Wasps claimed the Heineken Cup and in his third season, London Wasps won the Premiership

In February 2010, McGeechan joined the coaching staff at Gloucester as an advisor to Head Coach Bryan Redpath and his coaching team.[4][5] but moved to local rivals Bath Rugby to take up the post of performance director in June 2010.[6]

In 2011 McGeechan took over as the director of rugby at Bath following Steve Meehan's departure.[7]

In July 2012, McGeechan was appointed the executive chairman of Leeds Carnegie.[8]

Coaching statistics

Scotland (1988-1993)

International matches as Head Coach

Record by country

Opponent Played Won Drew Lost Win ratio (%) For Against
 Argentina 1 1 0 0 100 49 3
 Australia 3 0 0 3 000 38 96
 England 6 1 1 4 017 62 100
 Fiji 1 1 0 0 100 38 17
 France 5 2 0 3 040 46 51
 Ireland 6 6 0 0 100 135 84
 Japan 1 1 0 0 100 47 9
 New Zealand 3 0 0 3 000 40 65
 Romania 2 1 0 1 050 44 18
 Samoa 1 1 0 0 100 28 6
 Wales 5 4 0 1 080 100 43
 Zimbabwe 1 1 0 0 100 51 12
TOTAL 35 19 1 15 054 640 504

Scotland (2000-2003)

International matches as Head Coach

Note: World Rankings Column shows the World Ranking Scotland was placed at on the following Monday after each of their matches

Record by country

Opponent Played Won Drew Lost Win ratio (%) For Against
 Argentina 1 0 0 1 000 16 25
 Australia 2 0 0 2 000 25 63
 Canada 1 0 0 1 000 23 26
 England 4 1 0 3 025 34 125
 Fiji 2 2 0 0 100 58 42
 France 5 0 0 5 000 44 155
 Ireland 5 1 0 4 020 92 162
 Italy 5 4 0 1 080 152 105
 Japan 1 1 0 0 100 32 11
 New Zealand 3 0 0 3 000 40 154
 Romania 1 1 0 0 100 37 10
 Samoa 1 1 0 0 100 31 8
 South Africa 3 1 0 2 033 65 63
 Tonga 1 1 0 0 100 43 20
 United States 3 3 0 0 100 157 44
 Wales 5 2 1 2 040 112 121
TOTAL 43 18 1 24 042 961 1134

Teaching

McGeechan taught sport and geography at Fir Tree Middle School and Moor Grange County Secondary School in Leeds. He was also Vice Head Boy, assisting his best friend, Head Boy David Boland in the 1960s. During the 1970s and 1980s he was a teacher at Fir Tree Middle School, Leeds, again specialising in geography and sport.

Honours

McGeechan was knighted in the 2010 New Years Honours List for his services to rugby.[9] and also received an OBE in 1990

Views

In August 2014, McGeechan was one of 200 public figures who were signatories to a letter to The Guardian expressing their hope that Scotland would vote to remain part of the United Kingdom in September's referendum on that issue.[10]

References

  1. ^ Connor, Jeff (2011). Giants of Scottish Rugby. Random House. ISBN 9781780572888.
  2. ^ a b "McGeechan given Lions coach role". BBC News. 14 May 2008. Retrieved 18 June 2013.
  3. ^ "McGeechan accepts Wasps position". BBC Sport. BBC News. 15 April 2005. Retrieved 7 January 2010.
  4. ^ Geech to advise Gloucester Sky Sports, 11 February 2010
  5. ^ Sir Ian McGeechan to work with Gloucester Rugby Gloucester Rugby Club, 11 February 2010
  6. ^ "Sir Ian McGeechan joins Bath as performance director". BBC Sport. 30 June 2010. Retrieved 30 June 2010.
  7. ^ Wildman, Rob (29 March 2011). "Ian McGeechan". Daily Mail. London. Retrieved 9 June 2012.
  8. ^ "Leeds Carnegie appoint Sir Ian McGeechan as chairman". Retrieved 23 July 2012.
  9. ^ "No. 59282". The London Gazette (Supplement). 31 December 2009. p. 1.
  10. ^ "Celebrities' open letter to Scotland – full text and list of signatories". The Guardian. London. 7 August 2014. Retrieved 26 August 2014.

Sources

  • Bath, Richard (ed.) The Complete Book of Rugby (Seven Oaks Ltd, 1997 ISBN 1-86200-013-1)
  • McGeechan, Ian Lion Man: The Autobiography (Simon and Schuster, ISBN 1-84737-602-9)

External links

  • Sir Ian McGeechan official website
Preceded by
Derrick Grant
Jim Telfer
Scotland national rugby union team coach
1988–1993
1999–2003
Succeeded by
Jim Telfer
Matt Williams


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