Sir Ian McGeechan has returned where it all began for him in terms of club rugby after taking over the reins as executive chairman of RFU Championship Rugby Union side Leeds Carnegie.
The former international player for Scotland was born and spent his formative years in Yorkshire in Leeds and began his professional rugby career with Headingley in 1964. It was the only club that he represented during his long and distinguished career and which merged with Roundhay to form what we know today as The Carnegie.
He made his debut for Yorkshire in 1966 against the South of Scotland and earned himself 32 international caps for the Scottish national team as well. He was also a part of the British and Irish Lions team of 1974 that became famous as The Invincibles during a tour. He is also the most notable and lauded of the Lions coaches and has presided over the side in 5 tours as well.
Sir Ian McGeechan was the Director of Rugby of Aviva Premiership side Bath Rugby last season but after he stepped down from the post, Leeds Carnegie was quick to snap him up and bring him back to his old hunting ground. Although he is expected to be a part of the Lions’ upcoming tour of Australia, Sir Ian stated that the job at Leeds was a way for him to keep in touch with the sport without the rigors of being present on the pitch every day, a role he had to perform at Bath Rugby.
According to Sir Ian, his role as the Director of Rugby at Bath Rugby worn him out both physically and mentally and that affected his team’s performances on the pitch. He also added that he wishes to carry forward what is already a good foundation at Leeds Carnegie.