Gloucester Rugby are delighted to announce that, as part of the build up to the historic forthcoming match against Australia, Ian McGeechan will be taking part in a book signing and Q&A event at Kingsholm. Ian Robertson will be compering and tickets will be available on the night.
The event, to help launch his autobiography, "Lion Man" will be held in the Star Suite at Kingsholm between 7pm and 9pm on the evening of October 14th.
Entry will be priced at £10 with tickets available from the Gloucester Rugby ticket office. The entry price will entitle you to a £6 discount of the recommended retail price of £18.99 and Geechs will, of course, be signing copies on the evening as well as taking part in a Q&A session hosted by Ian Robertson of the BBC.
Whilst as many questions as possible will be taken, there promises to be a lot of Australian related topics covered.
In an era when even the finest rugby coaches have a drastically short shelf-life, Ian McGeechan's longevity and adaptability is staggering.
In his 20 years at the highest level of the game he has been at the centre of almostevery major story in UK rugby and has worked alongside some of the greatest rugby figures of the era.
McGeechan began his career as a player winning more than thirty caps for Scotland and twice touring with the Lions.
As coach to the Scottish national team, he led his country to a famous Grand Slam victory in the 1990 Five Nations tournament.
Continued success in management earned him an appointment as head coach to the Lions on four separate occasions, more than any other.
Geech again took charge on the 2009 tour to South Africa which was in some ways the most remarkable Lions tour of all time.
Battered by the most appalling ill-fortune and injury, Ian McGeechan's Lions came through wonderfully well, burnishing the Lions brand even in defeat, and South Africans admitted that the Lions had played spectacular rugby in a dramatic series.
McGeechan's masterly marshalling of the squad and its backroom staff and his innovative attacking ideas showed a man at the top of his game.
Now, in this frank and engaging memoir, Ian "Geech" McGeechan shares his unrivalled insight into the triumphs and tribulations of British and Irish rugby and of the progress of the sport over the past two decades.
Lion Man offers a unique glimpse into the past, present and future of British rugby from one of the most influential figures in the history of the sport.
With such a short turnaround between the two games, and Gloucester looking to reintegrate several players into the line-up after the Autumn international series, Tom Savage told GRTV that the Cherry and Whites will keep changes to a minimum for the European Rugby Challenge Cup game in Zebre on Saturday.
Gloucester travel to Italy this weekend to take on Zebre in Round Four of the European Rugby Challenge Cup. The Cherry and Whites defeated the Italian side 35-10 last Sunday, but Director of Rugby David Humphreys is looking for an improved performance in the return fixture.
Skipper Billy Twelvetrees, speaking to GRTV after the 35-10 over Zebre, was happy with the bonus point win over the Italian side but admitted Gloucester will need to tighten up for the return fixture in Parma.
Matt Kvesic was a try scorer and recipient of the Man of the Match award in Sunday's 35-10 European Rugby Challenge Cup win over Zebre. He praised the Italian side for their spirited opposition and admitted that next week's return game will be a tough one.