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Ian McGeechan 2007/2008

Ian McGeechan

Director of Rugby

Born in Leeds but Scottish to the core, Ian was an outstanding player for both Scotland and the Lions before embarking on a celebrated coaching career in the game. A keen student of the game, Ian made his Scotland debut against New Zealand at Murrayfield in December 1972 at fly-half. He then continued his 32-cap international career switching between stand-off and centre ' never being overlooked for selection during a seven year period. At the age of 33, a knee injury brought the curtain down on a career that had also seen him tour with the Lions on two occasions ' South Africa in 1974 and New Zealand in 1977. Ian then became Scotland's assistant coach for the 1987 World Cup before being appointed as the national team's boss the following year. He steered Scotland to Grand Slam glory at the expense of England in the 1990 Five Nations and took his country to the World Cup semi-finals a year later. After receiving an OBE in 1990, Ian assumed control of rugby affairs at Northampton in1993 and led the Saints to Allied Dunbar Premiership title success. After the 1999 World Cup, Ian rejoined Scotland and in 2003 he was installed as the country's Director of Rugby. However Ian is famed for his lengthy association with the British and Irish Lions and is the only coach in the history of the game to have worked on four different tours - 1989, 1993, 1997 and 2005. In the summer of 2005, Ian was appointed in the role of Director of Rugby at London Wasps and proceeded to steer the club to victory in the 2006 Powergen Cup Final and the Heineken Cup in 2007.