Geech in line for the axe

Ian McGeechan’s involvement with the Lions has reportedly brought him into conflict with his Wasps employers.

McGeechan is set to step down from his post at the club at the end of the season with a year remaining on his contract.

The British & Irish Lions mentor has fulfilled a dual role this year and many senior officials at his club believe this has led to their poor performances. The defending Premiership champs finished seventh and will only qualify for the European Cup next season if fellow English club Northampton lose to Bourgoin in the final of the European Challenge Cup.

Although McGeechan denied his involvement during a Lions year would hamper his commitment to Wasps, a source at the club felt otherwise. ‘It has not worked out,’ the senior figure at Wasps told The Times.

The club is also said to be unhappy with Lions and Wales defence coach Shaun Edwards’s other involvements, but he is set to stay in his role.

Reports suggest McGeechan will finish his coaching tenure at London Scottish, who have been promoted to the new National One division, after the Lions tour to South Africa.