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.
Defence Coach Jonny Bell admitted this week that the European Rugby Challenge Cup victory in Bayonne was a welcome one, stressed that Benetton Treviso will pose a tough test on Saturday at Kingsholm but that Gloucester are determined to deliver in front of their own fans.
Motu Matu'u is looking to make up for lost time this week as the Cherry and Whites head to Basque Country to take on Bayonne in the European Rugby Challenge Cup opener. The Samoan hooker made his first appearance in the jersey last weekend, and is hoping to contribute to the team this weekend.
Gloucester's attentions turn to Europe this weekend as they travel to Bayonne for their opening fixture of this season's European Rugby Challenge Cup. Forwards Coach Trevor Woodman told GRTV that the Cherry and Whites will be aiming to top their pool as they've done for the past two seasons, but is well aware of how tough it is to win in France.
Although understandably disappointed at seeing victory slip away at the last minute, Ben Morgan said after the game at Exeter that there were plenty of positives that Gloucester could take from the game.
Speaking after a last-gasp try from Exeter earned the Chiefs a 27-27 draw at Sandy Park on Saturday, Charlie Sharples admitted to mixed feelings. The game saw him score a try on his 200th competitive appearance for the club, but the frustration from not closing out the win was clear.
David Humphreys was minutes away from a winning interview on Saturday afternoon, but a late try from Exeter Chiefs meant the points were shared at Sandy Park. Humphreys spoke with the local media after the 27-27 draw.
Speaking to the media ahead of Saturday's Aviva Premiership fixture away at Exeter Chiefs, Director of Rugby David Humphreys reiterated that there are elements of Gloucester's game that are in good shape at present, that the performance against Bath was a step forward from Newcastle but that individual errors are costing the Cherry and Whites dear.
Centre Matt Scott, a try-scorer in Bayonne last weekend, insists that Gloucester are taking nothing for granted when they welcome Benetton Treviso to Kingsholm on Saturday in the European Rugby Challenge Cup (kick off 3pm).