Sir Ian McGeechan selected his all-time forward pack, it's scary good - Ruck

Sir Ian McGeechan selected his all-time forward pack, it’s scary good

Renowned rugby coach Sir Ian McGeechan has unveiled his all-time front eight, showcasing a lineup rich with rugby legends.

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McGeechan’s illustrious career, spanning both player and coach roles, has cemented his status as a strategic mastermind in the sport.

Notably, his tenure with the British and Irish Lions yielded triumphs and innovations, earning him widespread acclaim.

Writing for The Telegraph, the 74-year-old reveals his dream forward pack, notably including three distinguished England internationals, sparking intrigue and discussion among fans and pundits alike.


Loosehead-prop: Tom Smith (Scotland)

Scottish rugby legend known for his prowess in the scrum, Smith was a formidable force as a loosehead prop. His tenacity and skill earned him acclaim, including Lions tour successes and a World Cup appearance.

McGeechan said: “I just don’t think he gets anywhere near the credit he deserves. Six consecutive Lions Tests in 1997 and 2001, a talismanic figure in Scotland’s 1999 Five Nations win, a major reason Scotland were competitive at the 2003 World Cup.”

Hooker: Sean Fitzpatrick (New Zealand)

A Kiwi icon, Fitzpatrick is hailed as one of rugby’s greatest captains. His leadership at hooker for the All Blacks set the standard for excellence. With numerous Test victories and a World Cup win, his legacy remains indelible.

McGeechan said: “He was outstanding, not just as a player but as a captain, and as a man.  His consistency was unbelievable in an international career that spanned 12 years: 92 Test appearances, including a world record 63 consecutive Test matches and 51 as captain. “

Tighthead-prop: Jason Leonard (England)

England’s most capped player, Leonard was a cornerstone of the front row. Renowned for his durability and technique, the prop’s achievements include a Grand Slam and a World Cup victory.

McGeechan said: “He played both sides of the scrum but he was more of a tighthead. Completely unflappable, Jason was never in any trouble. Technically, he was superb and temperamentally he was sound, a huge character on and off the pitch.”