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McGeechan leads Lions contenders

Wasps director of rugby Ian McGeechan and head coach Shaun Edwards.
McGeechan (left) and Edwards have enjoyed success at Wasps

The coach for next year's British and Irish Lions tour to South Africa will be confirmed in London on 14 May.

Wasps rugby director Ian McGeechan, who has coached on four Lions trips, is hot favourite to land the coveted role.

He led them in Australia (1989), New Zealand (1993) and South Africa (1997), winning two of the three-Test series.

The Scot, 61, also coached the midweek side on the 2005 trip to New Zealand. As a player, he was a Lions tourist in 1974 and 1977.

The Lions have 10 matches scheduled in South Africa, including Tests against the Springboks in Durban, Pretoria and Johannesburg between 20 June and 4 July.


Other fixtures include appointments with the Emerging Springboks, Western Province and the Sharks.

The tour opens on 30 May against a Highveld XV in Rustenburg.

If McGeechan's appointment is confirmed, his assistants could include current Wasps coach Shaun Edwards and Cardiff Blues chief David Young.

Edwards aided Warren Gatland in plotting Wales' Six Nations title success and Grand Slam this season.

Former Lions prop Young would head to South Africa as forwards specialist.

see also
Lions tour 2009
13 Apr 08 |  Rugby Union
Lions open to foreign coach idea
09 Feb 08 |  Rugby Union
Habana ready for Lions challenge
25 Nov 07 |  Rugby Union
Davies named 2009 Lions manager
20 Nov 07 |  Rugby Union
History of the Lions
02 May 08 |  Rugby Union
Mighty Boks: South African rugby
07 Nov 07 |  Rugby Union

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