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Sir Ian McGeechan


Sir Ian McGeechan was educated at Kirkstall St Stephens Primary, West Park Second school, Moor Grange, 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 2 children.

He 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 a stand-off v New Zealand at Murrayfield in December 1972. In total Sir Ian McGeechan won 32 caps for Scotland – 20 at centre, 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. He gained all his caps and only ever played for one club, Headingley RFC, playing for 16 years for the Kirkstall-based club.

He 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 Scotland coach from 1988-1993 and during that period Scotland completed the Grand Slam in 1990, toured New Zealand and come fourth in the rugby World Cup. He joined Scotland as Head Coach in 1999 after 5 years with Northampton Saints after having won the Allied Dunbar Premiership coach of the season in 1998-99.

Ian has been given many awards. In 1990 he was awarded the OBE, he has a Hon Masters Degree in the Arts from the University of Nottingham and doctorate from Leeds Met University; he was awarded the Mussabina Medal from Sportscoach UK for his services to International coaching; the Pat Marshall award; the Millenium Award from Sportscotland in 2000; he was entered into the Sportscoach UK Hall of Fame in 2001 and appointed Chairman of Sportscoach UK in April 2005. Also inaugurated into International Rugby’s Hall of Fame in December 2005, and PRA’s (players) Hall of Fame 2006. He was knighted in 2010 for his services to rugby.

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 widely been acknowledged as one of the best British and Irish Lions tours. Despite a narrow series defeat, Ian restored the pride of four nations in the Lions and re-established the tour as the greatest rugby tour in world rugby.

In 2010, he returned to club rugby in an advisory capacity at Gloucester before a move to Bath the following season as performance director but, following the departure of Steve Meehan, he was moved to a director of rugby role for last season.

In July 2012 it was announced that he would return to his roots to become Chairman of Yorkshire Carnegie. Proud of his Yorkshire roots, he returned to Headingley Carnegie to head up the Rugby Union club working with Director of Rugby Chris Gibson on a number of key initiatives to build a sustainable and successful future for the Yorkshire club.

In 2014 he became the President of Yorkshire Tykes Ltd, after it was announced the club would be known as Yorkshire Carnegie going forward, with a vision to create a sustainable and successful club for the county at the elite level of the game.

Sir Ian McGeechan’s career

1946 – Born on 30th October in Kirkstall, Leeds, attending Kirkstall St Stephens Primary School, West Park Secondary School, Moor Grange High School and Allerton Grange School in Leeds.
1963 – Joins Headingley RFC after his O levels to form a formidable Colts team
1964 – Makes his first XV debut for Headingley RFC against Waterloo at Kirkstall whilst still only 18
1965 – Begins teacher training at Carnegie College in Leeds, now part of Leeds Metropolitan University
1966 – Debut for Yorkshire v South of Scotland at Melrose
1972 – Makes first of 32 appearances for Scotland as a player, including nine as captain
1974 – Features in the Lions’ ‘invincibles’ tour of South Africa
1980 – Plays the last of his 16 seasons with Headingley RFC
1986 – Becomes Scotland assistant to Derrick Grant, before being named coach of his country in 1988
1989 – Leads Lions to a series win in Australia
1990 – Coaches Scotland to Grand Slam triumph in Five Nations, and subsequently a fourth-placed World Cup finish
1993 – Takes Lions on tour of New Zealand, losing the series
1994 – Named Northampton Saints coach
1997 – Guides Lions to series victory over Springboks
1999 – Re-joins Scotland as head coach
2003 – Takes over from Jim Telfer as director of rugby with Scotland
2005 – Joins Wasps, winning the Anglo-Welsh Cup, then the Heineken Cup in 2007 and the Premiership in 2008
2009 – Leads Lions to a memorable series defeat in South Africa
2009 – Leaves Wasps and goes on to take advisor role at Gloucester
2010 – Named performance director at Bath
2011 – Takes over as director of rugby at Bath following Steve Meehan’s departure
2012 – Returns to Yorkshire Carnegie to become Chairman
2014 – Becomes Executive President of Yorkshire Tykes Ltd

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Pos Team Pl W D L PF PA Diff TF TA TB LB Pts
4 Bedford Blues 22 11 2 9 654 576 78 90 80 14 6 68
5 Cornish Pirates 22 12 0 10 681 577 104 86 84 10 9 67
6 Jersey Reds 22 13 1 8 542 480 62 75 58 8 3 65
7 Yorkshire Carnegie 22 12 2 8 518 547 -29 71 63 9 2 63
8 Doncaster 22 9 1 12 582 615 -33 79 76 13 6 57
9 Nottingham 22 10 1 11 547 619 -72 69 87 7 3 52