Scottish coaching legend names dream XV filled with plenty of All Blacks but not a single Springbok


Ian McGeechan (Getty Images)


Ian McGeechan (Getty Photos)

  • Scottish teaching legend Ian McGeechan has named his final rugby XV crammed with stellar gamers from a number of nations.
  • The All Blacks dominate the aspect with six gamers named by McGeechan.
  • He couldn’t discover a place for a single Springbok in his XV, nevertheless.

Ian McGeechan, the mastermind behind the British and Irish Lions’ collection win towards the Springboks in 1997 has named his final rugby XV.

The wily Scot, who performed 40 occasions for his nation in addition to the Lions named his line-up in his column for the Telegraph over the previous week.

It contains a who’s who of rugby greats and contains gamers from seven totally different nations with New Zealand contributing six gamers to the beginning line up.

McGeechan, nevertheless, doesn’t embody a single Springbok in his aspect.

Different international locations to function embody England (three gamers), Wales (2) and Eire, Scotland, Australia and France (1 every). 

Though the All Blacks dominate, McGeechan singled out Welsh scrumhalf Gareth Edwards for explicit reward.

McGeechan stated that Edwards had every part as a participant and would have starred in any period.

“To play alongside him, as I did on the 1974 Lions tour to South Africa, was one of many nice privileges of my profession. Gareth had every part as a participant. Not solely did he possess an exquisite go, he was such a strong runner – very robust from the waist up – and he all the time made probably the most of fast ball, working at defenders and both getting throughout the gain-line himself or retaining defenders occupied so that you just had an additional second.

“He had a knack, in frequent with particular gamers, of manufacturing one thing while you most wanted it.

“It was an newbie sport again then however Gareth would have been at dwelling in any period,” stated the Scotsman.

Different names featured in McGeechan’s workforce embody Jonah Lomu, Richie McCaw, Sean Fitzpatrick, Martin Johnson, Philipe Sella and Dan Carter, who he referred to as the best flyhalf of the fashionable period.

Ian McGeechan’s Final XV

15 JPR Williams (Wales), 14 John Kirwan (New Zealand), 13 Brian O’Driscoll (Eire), 12 Philippe Sella (France), 11 Jonah Lomu (New Zealand), 10 Dan Carter (New Zealand), 9 Gareth Edwards (Wales), eight Zinzan Brooke (New Zealand), 7 Richie McCaw (New Zealand), 6 Richard Hill (England), 5 John Eales (Australia),  four Martin Johnson (England), three Jason Leonard (England), 2 Sean Fitzpatrick (New Zealand), Tom Smith (Scotland).    

– Compiled by Sport24 workers



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