Geech to 'help' England

Tue, 14 Aug 2012 08:40
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Legendary British & Irish Lions coach Ian McGeechan has been roped in by the RFU to help improve England.

Legendary British & Irish Lions coach Ian McGeechan has been roped in by the Rugby Football Union to assist with a 'review" into how to improve England.

It was revealed that McGeechan is one of two of the world's leading names in high performance sport that will be working with the RFU to ensure England's success at the highest level.

Former UK Sport Performance Director Peter Keen, said to be the architect of Great Britain's Olympic success, will join  McGeechan on the panel that will "help" England become a dominant world force.

Keen has been credited with putting in place the systems and processes that resulted in Great Britain's 19 gold medals at the Beijing Olympics, and continued to oversee the performance pathways that delivered 29 gold medals and ensured huge success at London 2012.

McGeechan has coached the British & Irish Lions five times as well as leading London Wasps to Heineken Cup and Premiership titles.

The independent consultants will report to Chief Executive Ian Ritchie as part of the RFU's drive to make sure England teams have the foundations necessary for long-term success.

"I'm delighted we've got two outstanding individuals involved and this is a very positive move," said Ritchie.

"We have one of the greatest rugby brains of modern times allied with one of the most respected performance experts Great Britain has produced and that experience of best practice at the very top of elite sport can only benefit us.

"Across the organisation we're continually looking at how we can do things better. In this case that means the best performance pathways, support mechanisms and programmes which ultimately result in better England teams. I know they're both very excited about their involvement and I'm looking forward to working with them closely."