REPORT: Sir Ian McGeechan could play key role for England during Six Nations - Ruck

REPORT: Sir Ian McGeechan could play key role for England during Six Nations

Sir Ian McGeechan is being lined up to assist interim England boss Richard Cockerill for the upcoming 2023 Six Nations if the RFU fail to land Steve Borthwick.

The Mail Online revealed that Tom De Glanville, Jonathan Webb and Sir Ian McGeechan were three key figures on the review panel that ultimately sacked Eddie Jones.

Jones was the most successful England have ever had after 59 wins from 81 Tests but was given his marching orders last week after a poor run of form culminated with a defeat against South Africa during the Autumn Nations Series.

In a headline statement from the RFU the wording was: “Following a review of the Autumn, Eddie Jones has been dismissed from the position of England men’s head coach.”

Steve Borthwick remains the firm favourite to succeed his former boss, but a breakdown in talks between the RFU and Leicester may mean England have to wait until the end of the Premiership season to land their dream boss.

Tigers are refusing to budge on their £500,000 price tag for their head coach, meaning England are now looking at alternatives for every eventuality.

If so, Cockerill would likely remain in charge for the 2023 Six Nations with the RFU keen to provide top quality support in the shape of legendary coach McGeechan.

Born in Leeds, McGeechan represented Headingle yas his only club during a 15-year club career, qualifying for Scotland through his father he played 32 times internationally for Scotland over seven years and won eight caps on two tours for the British & Irish Lions.

During his playing career he worked as a teacher. Upon retiring from player McGeechan began coaching, in a career spanning 26 years he coached the most recent Scottish side to win a grandslam in the 1990 Five Nations Championship, and won Premiership Rugby & the European Cup with London Waspsin 2008 & 2007.

He was head coach on four tours for the British & Irish Lions spanning 1989 to 2009 and was an assistant to the 2005 tour as well.

Sir Ian McGeechan’s dream rugby XV


Fullback: JPR Williams (Wales) – “Not a staggeringly original choice, I’ll admit. But to my mind the only one. If I’m going to be picking a dream XV over the next few days then I want JPR at the back. No question.”

Left-wing: Jonah Lomu (New Zealand) – “Illness and injury ultimately slowed him down. But his performances at the 1995 World Cup, just as the game was turning professional, will never be forgotten. The game needed a superstar, and it got one in Lomu. He was brilliant for rugby.”

Right-wing: John Kirwan (New Zealand) – “He had an all round game; he could carry the ball through heavy traffic, he could offload, he was like an extra back-rower at times. Plus, he had natural effortless pace. He ended up scoring 35 tries for the All Blacks and was instrumental as they went through their unbeaten spell of games between 1987 and 1990.”


Outside-centre: Brian O’Driscoll (Ireland) – “His ability to get back on his feet after tackling to compete for the ball was extraordinary, and ensured he always had an impact on the game, whatever type of game it was. He was such a natural talent.”

Inside-centre: Philippe Sella (France) – “Sella and O’Driscoll were powerful men. They could stop a forward in his tracks. I think as a pair they would dominate any midfield and I like the thought of them together.”