Geech takes his time

Lions coach Ian McGeechan says he won’t be rushed into naming a replacement for Tomas O’Leary.

Scrumhalf O’Leary broke his ankle in Munster’s Magners League match against Llanelli on Friday. McGeechan said he could wait as long as two weeks until naming a replacement, partly due to this weekend’s fixture list which only sees contenders Ben Foden (Northampton) and Munster’s Peter Stringer in action.

‘It was a phone call I didn’t want,’ McGeechan said after hearing the news of the ailment. ‘I’m obviously desperately disappointed for the player.

‘But we’ll take our time and keep our eye on things. I won’t rush in naming a replacement. I’m not looking to name a substitute for 10 to 14 days. There’s some rugby to watch and I’ll take my time,’ he said.

The following weekend will see Harlequins in action against London Irish in the Premiership semis, and Danny Care could push for a place.

Other contenders for the third scrumhalf spot include Welshman Dwayne Peel, Scottish captain Mike Blair, or even Chris Cusiter and Gareth Cooper – who both toured in 2005.