Ian McGeechan

Former Rugby Union Player & Leading Rugby Coach

Sir Ian McGeechan is a Scottish former Rugby Union player and coach. In 1986, McGeechan became the assistant Scotland coach to Derrick Grant and in 1988, he was promoted to coach. Later on, 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. In 2005, he coached the midweek side on the British and Irish Lions tour to New Zealand on the invitation of Sir Clive Woodward. 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, after an unsuccessful and unhappy period at the Scottish Director of Rugby. In his first season of 2005/06, McGeehan 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 of 2010, McGeechan joined the coaching staff at Gloucester as an advisor to Head Coach Bryan Redpath, and his coaching team, but moved to local rivals Bath Rugby to take up the post of performance director in June of 2010.

In 2011, McGeehan took over as the director of rugby at Bath following Steve Meehan’s departure. In July of 2012, McGeehan was appointed as the executive chairman of Leeds Carnegie. A leading after dinner speaker on all things rugby, Sir Ian McGeechan draws upon his plethora of experience within the industry to deliver a truly motivational speech, inspiring you and your audience to push yourselves to the best you can be.

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