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.
It's the first Gloucester-Bristol derby at Kingsholm in over eight years this Saturday (kick off 4:30pm) and, previewing the game with the local media this week, Defence Coach Jonny Bell stressed that, with both teams in the bottom half of the table, they both need the points.
Speaking to the local media this week, Gloucester front rower John Afoa knows the challenge ahead this week against Bristol, and calls on the Cherry and Whites to make the most of home advantage as a determined squad look to bounce back from a narrow loss to Saracens.
Tom Savage speaks to GRTV and the local media as Gloucester went down by 24-20 at Saracens on Sunday afternoon. The second row was disappointed with the result, despite a strong showing from the hosts.
Speaking immediately after the game, skipper Willi Heinz thought that Gloucester had executed their game plan reasonably well and competed hard against Saracens. However, it wasn't enough but the squad will have plenty to work on this week ahead of the derby match against Bristol.
Gloucester may be coming off their best win of the season, the 38-16 victory over Wasps last weekend, but Director of Rugby David Humphreys admits that Sunday's trip to Saracens is an even tougher test.
After a series of contract announcements last week, hooker Richard Hibbard is the latest Gloucester Rugby player to commit to a new contract at the club and told GRTV how much he enjoys playing in the Cherry and White of Gloucester.
Talk about a game of two halves. Things looked grim on Saturday as Gloucester trailed 0-6 to Bristol at half-time. However, Matt Scott's eighth try of the season got Gloucester off and running, and the visitors fell apart as the Cherry and Whites eased to a 26-18 bonus point Aviva Premiership win.