Ian Mcgeechan

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Claims of unrest within the Lions squad will only unite them further. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

The tone of the Lions tour has changed, with the New Zealand media falling more in line with its public, in recognising that a truly momentous rugby e(...)

Lions coach Warren Gatland has dismissed suggestions of division among his touring party. Photograph: David Davies/PA

In the wake of their restorative win over the New Zealand Maori, Warren Gatland defended the logic behind his decision to call in players from the Wel(...)

Sonny Bill Williams of the Blues offloads the ball to Ihaia West to set up the match winning try at Eden Park in Auckland, New Zealand. Photo: Phil Walter/Getty Images

When Ian McGeechan coached the Lions in New Zealand in 1993 his policy with the media was simple: say nothing in a polite way. He knew, even at a time(...)

Ian McGeechan: “It’s not about the Lions. It’s about what an international and domestic year should look like.” Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images

Former Scotland and Lions coach Ian McGeechan believes the commercial behemoth the Lions brand has now become demands that the rugby season should be (...)

Ronan O’Gara leaves the field against the New South Wales Waratahs in 2001. Photograph: Getty Images

Violent. Intense. Intoxicating. And so another Lions tour is sprung on two hemispheres. A chain of warm up matches whet appetites before Warren Gatlan(...)

Paul Wallace played all three Lions Tests in South Africa in 1997 having been called up as a replacement. Photograph: Bily Stickland/Inpho

It’s a nervous time for those players selected to travel with the Lions to New Zealand who are still involved with their clubs and provinces in season(...)

British & Irish Lions head coach Warren Gatland at Wednesday’s squad and captain announcement in London. Photograph: Inpho

The coach The single most important decision the British & Irish Lions had to make was settled back in September, when they chose Warren Gatland (...)

Who will be the Lions captain? Brian O’Driscoll, Ian McGeechan and Clive Woodward have all endorsed Sam Warburton’s credentials. Photograph: Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images

On Wednesday the ever-changing guessing games of pundits and bar-room punters alike will finally, and some might say mercifully, come to an end when W(...)

England captain Dylan Hartley has led Eddie Jones’ team to back-to-back Six Nations titles. Photograph: Andrew Fosker/Inpho

Warren Gatland names his British and Irish Lions squad in the tranquil setting of Syon Park next Wednesday, a venue that is within earshot of the stad(...)

New Zealand and England players after losing their winning records to Ireland. Photographs: Inpho

Ireland’s win over England on Sunday restored pride after a disappointing Six Nations campaign. A defeat, which would have seen the old enemy break th(...)

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