Sir Ian McGeechan leaves Brian O'Driscoll out of his all-time Lions backline - Ruck

Sir Ian McGeechan leaves Brian O’Driscoll out of his all-time Lions backline

Sir Ian McGeechan is better qualified than most to give his opinion on the best players to don the famous British & Irish Lions red shirt.

The former Scotland international was in charge of the Lions in 1989, 1993, 1997 and 2009 (as well as coaching the midweek games upon Clive Woodward’s invitation in 2005) to varying degrees of success, so has a large pool to choose from when it comes to selecting his all-time backline from the squads that he has coached.

FULLBACK: Gavin Hastings (Scotland)

McGeechan said: ““He was strong under the high ball, could kick the ball a mile and was really strong in the contract, where you could play off him.”

DID YOU KNOW? In 1996, Hasting joined the Scottish Claymores an American Football team in the NFL Europe. He played a single season as a placekicker scoring 24 of 27 conversions but missed his only attempt at a field goal