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McGeechan offered Lions post

28th October 2009 11:34


Ian McGeechan

Asked to be involved: Geech

British and Irish Lions legend Ian McGeechan has admitted he is in discussions over a potential role on the 2013 tour to Australia.

The 62-year-old, who guided the Lions on their recent tour of South Africa, has been in talks with Chief Executive John Feehan about the prospect of a planning role for the tour in four years time.

"John has always asked me to have some involvement in the preparations for Australia from a rugby perspective," McGeechan admitted, speaking to Sky Sports.

"It's great because that's the bit that has probably been left until last or not done before so I'm looking forward to that."

McGeechan revealed that his main concern was seeing the Lions well prepared for Australia 2013, but insisted he had not cemented any definite involvement in the tour in an official capacity.

"It would be more as someone to consult with and just try and use my experience to do the best in that preparation," he said.

"I think it's in everybody's interest that the Lions have the best programme and that they are competitively well prepared ahead of the Test series.

"A competitive Test series then is important for both Australia and the Lions."

When questioned whether there was a possibility he would manage the tour, McGeechan insisted it was too early to make any serious decisions.

"I don't know, it's four years away yet. That's all I'm doing at the moment, that's all I'm looking at," he added.

"If I can make the next tour from a Lions' perspective as balanced as possible and get preparation right then whoever takes it has hopefully a good opportunity of keeping the Lions competitive which for me is very important."

Meanwhile, McGeechan has also rallied Wales to break their 46-year duck against the touring New Zealand on November 7.

Warren Gatland's group kick-off their autumn schedule with arguably their most testing and mouth-watering clash in front of a sold out Millennium Stadium crowd.

And when asked whether they can begin their charge by upsetting the Kiwis, the Scot said that he hopes the Lions' effort in South Africa can spur the home nations onto bigger and better things ahead of World Cup 2011.

"I would like to think so (Wales winning)," he said, speaking to the Western Mail.

"It was very important for the Lions and for the players that we won that third Test in Johannesburg. It would have been criminal for the players to have come home not having won a Test match."