Sir Ian McGeechan picks his five 'guarantees' for Lions XV - Ruck

Sir Ian McGeechan picks his five ‘guarantees’ for Lions XV

Scotland and Lions legend Sir Ian McGeechan has revealed his five ‘definites’ to start for the Lions against the Springboks later this year.

McGeechan was a player in South Africa on the victorious Lions tour of 1974, one of the greatest of all. He was coach of the victorious Lions tour in South Africa in 1997, another expedition that ranks in the highest echelon of rugby adventures.

He was coach again in South Africa in 2009, when his squad played some magnificent stuff, but went down 2-1 to the world champions.

In the last 46 years, the Lions have toured South Africa four times and McGeechan was heavily involved in three of them. You couldn’t hope for a better travel-mate.

Check out five favourites Sir Ian McGeechan has to start for the Lions later this year.

1. Maro Itoje (England)

  • Age: 26
  • Caps: 46
  • Position: Lock

McGeechan said: “Itoje is definitely one of them and I’d bracket him as a possible captain. He’s a hell of a competitor. When you watch him, he’s into everything. He reads things so well, he’s niggling, he leads by example. He’s a really intelligent lad and a really intelligent rugby player.”

DID. YOU KNOW? So far in his rugby career, he has won four English Premiership titles with Saracens, three European Rugby Champions Cup titles, and three Six Nations Championship titles