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.
Gloucester-Hartpury Women take on West Park Leeds Ladies in the final of the Intermediate Cup at Royal Wootton Bassett RFC on Saturday. Rebecca de Filippo and Gemma Sharples took time out from training to preview the game.
Speaking to the local media this week, front row forward John Afoa spoke of the squad's targets for this weekend's European Rugby Challenge Cup Quarter Final with Cardiff Blues at Kingsholm. Despite taking on new opponents, the squad know the focus is on themselves to get the job done as knockout rugby kicks in.
Gloucester-Hartpury Women take on West Park Leeds Ladies in the final of the Intermediate Cup Final on Saturday. Head Coach Susie Appleby took time out to preview the game and chat about the future for the team.
Number eight Ben Morgan admitted that the 32-14 Aviva Premiership win over Bristol on Friday evening hadn't been pretty at times, but that the win was based on everyone in the squad remaining united and working for each other.
Previewing Friday evening's local derby at Bristol, Interim Head Coach Jonny Bell told the local media that Gloucester's preparations have gone well and that the whole squad is united in trying to finish the season on a high.
Speaking to GRTV this week, Acting Head Coach Jonny Bell spoke of his pleasure in the efforts and intensity in training from the squad after a tricky few weeks. The team were preparing for big games with Bristol and Cardiff in coming weeks.
Willi Heinz was understandably and visibly disappointed when he spoke to GRTV after the 27-30 home defeat to Harlequins, apologising to the home support as the game slipped away after seemingly having the game under control.
In the aftermath of the Aviva Premiership victory over Bristol, Interim Head Coach Jonny Bell was able to look forward to this weekend's European Rugby Challenge Cup quarter-final against Cardiff Blues (Kingsholm, kick off 8:05pm).