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About Sir Ian McGeechan

Born on 30th October 1946, Ian McGeechan was educated at Moore Grance, Allerton Moor and Carnegie College of Physical Education. He was a school teacher for 22 years before joining Scottish Life in 1990 in their marketing department and subsequently becoming Head of Training. Ian is married with two children.

Ian made his rugby debut for Yorkshire Colts in 1965 and for Yorkshire County XV in 1966. His first Scotland trial was in 1968 and his debut was against New Zealand at Murrayfield in December 1972. In total, Ian McGeechan won 32 caps for Scotland - 20 at centre and 12 at stand-off, with a total of nine games as captain. He scored a total of 21 points for Scotland. He toured with the British Lions as a player in 1974, in the unbeaten tour to South Africa, and in 1977 to New Zealand playing all eight tests.

McGeechan toured with the British Lions as coach in 1989 to Australia, 1993 to New Zealand and 1997 to South Africa. He was the assistant Scotland coach to Derrick Grant from 1986-88 (including the inaugural Rugby World Cup in New Zealand in 1987). Ian was then Head Coach from 1988 to 1993 and during that period, Scotland completed the Grand Slam in 1990, toured New Zealand and came fourth in the Rugby World Cup. He re-joined Scotland as Head Coach in 1999, after five years with Northampton Saints and winning the 'Allied Dunbar Premiership Coach of the Season' in 1998-99.

Sir Ian McGeechan has been honoured by many awards:

  • Awarded the OBE - 1990
  • Masters Degree in the Arts from the University of Nottingham
  • Doctorate from Leeds Met University
  • Mussabina Medal from SportsCoachUK for services to international coaching
  • Pat Marshall Award
  • Millenium Award from SportScotland - 2000
  • SportsCoachUK Hall of Fame - 2001
  • SportsCoachUK Chairman - 2005
  • International Rugby Hall of Fame - 2005
  • PRA Hall of Fame - 2006
  • Knighthood - 2010

In December 2003, Ian took up the post of Director of Rugby of the Scottish Rugby Union after Jim Telfer retired but 18 months later was back in hands-on coaching as Director of Rugby with Wasps.

Ian left Wasps in May 2009 and went on to manage what has been widely acknowledged as one of the best British & Irish Lions tours. Despite a series defeat, Ian restored the pride of four nations in the Lions and re-established the tour as the greatest in world rugby. He received a knighthood in the 2010 New Year's Honours List.