Living With McGeechan

Living With McGeechan

It is the end of the season and Sir Ian McGeechan has left the coaching staff at the club.

He started at Bath at the same time as me. I remember it well because we were housemates!

Yes, little old me was sharing an eight-bedroomed mansion with none other than the man who has guided the British & Irish Lions to a tour victory.

The word ‘surreal’ didn’t even do it justice at the time.

I moved down to Bath from Leicester in the summer of 2010 and, while my wife Katie and the kids were sorting out selling our house in the East Midlands, Bath kindly put me up at their Farleigh House training facility for a few weeks before we were able to lay our roots down locally.

I had only been there for a short while when I came back from training one day, walked into the kitchen and found Ian cooking dinner.

I had no idea whatsoever that he was going to be there.

There was a shared living room there and we actually spent many evenings in it watching rugby and talking rugby too. Ian can talk the hind legs off a donkey about the sport. I suppose he has a few years of experiences to call upon!

We often reminisced about some of the finals that we had been involved in on opposing sides when he was on the coaching staff at Wasps and I was a player at Leicester Tigers. We had some cracking battles for a number of years.

It was good to share a house with him for a few weeks. He is a genuinely lovely bloke and, seeing as I was living with my new boss, it’s fair to say that I did most of the cooking and made him plenty of cups of tea.

I hope he goes on to be successful in whatever he does after his time at Bath.

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