Lions on the agenda as England head coach hosts lecture
Current England rugby union head coach Stuart Lancaster will be joined for the public lecture by former Lions coach Sir Ian McGeechan, former Wales and Lions fly half Gareth Davies and former England and Lions wing John Bentley.
Lancaster, a former undergraduate student at Leeds Met, will speak at the free event, entitled 'Sharing International Rugby Perspectives, Player meets Coach' from 5pm - 7pm on Tuesday 7 May in the Lewis Jones Suite at Headingley Carnegie Stadium.
As the British & Irish Lions prepare for their forthcoming tour to Australia, the experienced panel of coaches and former players will discuss the challenges of the coach, how personalities are managed whilst on tour and how coaches and players deal with success and failure.
Speaking ahead of the event, Dean of the Carnegie Faculty and former Lions player Gareth Davies said: "With the Lions tour to Australia less than two months away, this event will be an opportunity to hear lively contributions from coaches and former players with a rich rugby pedigree. After Wales' recent success in the Six Nations, there's also sure to be a bit of banter as we discuss the roles of coaches in creating a winning culture as well as looking at Lions' chances Down Under."
Supported by Yorkshire Bank,the lecture is part of Leeds Met's 'Carnegie Conversations' guest lecture series, organised by the University's Carnegie Faculty.
In July 2012 Stuart Lancaster was awarded an honorary Doctorate in Sport by Leeds Metropolitan for his significant contribution to the field of sport and coaching.
Gareth Davies is the Dean of the Carnegie Faculty at Leeds Metropolitan University and previously worked for the Welsh Assembly Government, based in Sydney, as Head of International Business Wales for Australia, New Zealand and Wales.
Future lectures to be held in the series include a session on Monday 3 June, where Leeds Rhinos and Great Britain captain Kevin Sinfield will present while on Monday 1 July international cricketers Alec Stewart and Jason Gillespie will be interviewed by South African cricketer Dave Callaghan about the impending Ashes series.