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Sir Geech not finished yet

31st December 2009 05:58


Ian McGeechan

Sir Ian McGeechan

Sir Ian McGeechan admits his passion for rugby "remains undimmed" after he was awarded a knighthood in the New Year Honours List.

The 63-year-old has been honoured for his services to rugby after achieving success as both a player and a coach in the sport.

McGeechan, who dedicated the knighthood to his family, won 32 caps for Scotland before leading them to Grand Slam and Five Nations glory as coach.

However it is with the British and Irish Lions that he has enjoyed the most success, going on seven tours in total - two as a player and five as a coach.

He was in charge of the squads that won in Australia in 1989 and then in South Africa eight years later. He also coached the 1993 squad that came up short against New Zealand.

McGeechan most recently led the Lions in South Africa this summer, the tourists narrowly losing the series 2-1.

Although taking a break from the sport, he has said he is done with ruigby just yet having previously hinted that he would like to be involved in some capacity for the 2013 Lions trip to Australia.

"This honour couldn't have been achieved without the backing of my wife, Judy, and my children Heather and Rob," he said.

"It is their constant support that has provided such an inspiration to me and this honour would not have been possible without them. I am very proud of my family and I want to dedicate this honour to them.

"Rugby has been a huge part of my life for over 40 years and to have achieved everything I have with Scotland, in club rugby and with the Lions has been an immensely rewarding and enjoyable experience.

"At the moment I am enjoying a rest from coaching and enjoying more time with my family, but my passion for rugby and for sporting excellence remains undimmed."