A Lions Tingle: Is Geechs Back?

19 10 2010

A little tingle of excitement gripped us at the Compulsive Hooker this morning having glanced at the morning papers. The first bit of news (that we have spotted anyway) regarding that wonderful and important institution, The British and Irish Lions, was announced. It seems that Scotland legend Andy Irvine has accepted Gerald Davies 2009 position of Tour Manager with the great Welshman moving to a role as Chairman of the Committee. Good news all – particularly the continuing involvement of Gerald Davies who, if you have watched the most recent behind the scenes documentary of the 2009 tour, British & Irish Lions: Living with the Pride, you will know comes across as an absolute gentleman and someone given over entirely to the Lions cause.

Further to this bit of news there is the reason for our tingle… Apparently Sir Ian McGeechan – the man who has done more for the Lions than perhaps any other – has suggested that he might be interested in coaching the 2013 tour despite his comments to the contrary at the end of 2009. Speaking to the Daily Telegraph he said the following;

Your enthusiasm for the Lions doesn’t change. I’ve yet to speak to Andy [Irvine] about any of this. I need to have those sort of conversations. I know what I said at the time but here we are talking about it, and it all starts to look exciting again.”

Anyone who knows their Lions history will know that surely there is no one else who should even be considered should McGeechan put his hat firmly in the ring.

As far as other potential tour coaches go; it transpires that, at this early stage, Warren Gatland is the only other candidate being mentioned in dispatches. From the point of view of the Compulsive Hooker, however, we would like to see a coach from the home nations or Ireland take charge – someone who fully understands what it means to be a Lion. Unfortunately at this early stage there is no one else who seems to be an outstanding candidate (although Declan Kidney might push his name into contention given time) for this role and so we hope that ‘Geechs’ does decide to enter the fray once more.

The tour is due to start with a warm up match in Hong Kong against the Baa-Baa’s which should provide a veritable smorgasbord of running rugby as well as provide the Lions a crucial extra warm up game prior to the test series. In 2009 one of the major criticisms was the short nature of the tour itself which did not allow sufficient time for the team to take shape and gel. This extra game can therefore only be a good thing.

Irvine also went on record suggesting that there would one day be a Lions tour to Argentina. With the Argies due to enter the Tri Nations in 2012 and their playing standards likely to improve dramatically as a result, we think this is a brilliant idea. A trip to South America watching the Lions play sounds amazing!




2 responses

19 10 2010


20 10 2010

we can only hope!

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