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McGeechan offered Lions post

Lions legend in talks for role in Australia tour

By Rachel Griffiths.   Last Updated: 28/10/09 12:07pm

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McGeechan: In talks for role with Lions

McGeechan: In talks for role with Lions

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Former British and Irish Lions head coach Ian McGeechan is in discussions for a potential role in the 2013 tour to Australia.

"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"
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McGeechan, 62, who coached the Lions in their tour of South Africa earlier this year, 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 told Sky Sports News.

"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."

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

"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 concrete 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."

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