Hereâ00s a brief selection of what they saidâ0¦
Gareth Edwards â00 Daily Telegraph:
â0A good start. The right mix of the right men in the right jobs.
â00The coachesâ00 street cred and ability make them natural choices to be in McGeechanâ00s team.â0
David Hands â00 The Times:
â00Ian McGeechanâ0¦ the archetypal Lion will seek to go out on the highest noteâ0¦to leave as his legacy that a lions tour must be the height of any playerâ00s ambition.
â00The Scot will give himself the best start by having alongside him individuals with whom he has already formed a considerable bond through London Wasps, five of whom also toured South Africa with Wales this summer.â0
Paul Rees â00 The Guardian:
â0He (McGeechan) will be accompanied by five of the Wales management team who have worked with the Guinness Premiership champions. The team doctor, James Robson, is the exception.â0
The Lions announced their key management team on Wednesday
Mick Cleary â00 Daily telegraph:
â0McGeechan is right. McGeechan, who was successful in South Africa in 1997, has gone back to that tempate. He wants a compact and directed tour.
Chris Hewett â00 The Independent:
â00A British & Irish Lions tour of anywhere - let alone South Africa â00 may represent the great snow-encrusted peak on rugbyâ00s magic mountain.
â0Mc will announce a â00contendersâ00 squad of around 65 in January before deciding on the tour group which will number between 35 and 37 â00 significantly fewer than the bloated party whitewashed by New Zealand in 2005.â0
Peter Jackson â00 Daily Mail:
â00The lions are on course for a record profit from next yearâ00s South African safari. As proof in these recessionary times that there is no business like Lions business, the tour wil leave each of the four home unions counting a seven-figure dividend.
â00It is no accident that the stream-lined coaching team all hired from wales carries a collective â00made-at-Waspsâ00 stamp.â0
Steve Bale â00 Daily Express:
â0This is a formidable and tight lions group.
â00He (McGeechan) will unite not divide. His personal history and those of Gatland, Edwards and Howley usefully cover all the Home Unions, not to mention New Zealand.â0