Former British & Irish Lions coach Sir Ian McGeechan has been taken to hospital after reportedly collapsing in the commentary box just before the Lions’ second Test against New Zealand.
Sky Sports confirmed that their rugby commentator and pundit is “having a precautionary check-up at the hospital after being taken unwell”.
Journalists and colleagues at the stadium reported that the former Lions player and Scottish international was taken unwell just before he was due to go on air for the Lions’ latest match in their tour of New Zealand.
Sir Ian McGeechan in "a moderate condition" after collapsing in the commentary box at Westpac Stadium and going to hospital.
— Ben Coles (@bencoles_) July 1, 2017
At the Westpac. Usual media buzz dampened on hearing news Sir Ian McGeechan has collapsed. A Lions legend. Hope it's not too serious.
— Owain Jones (@OwainJTJones) July 1, 2017
However, McGeechan’s daughter Heather later reassured followers on Twitter that she had spoken to him, and that “he is fine, just a bug”.
— Heather McGeechan (@heathermcgeech1) July 1, 2017
Sky Sports presenter Alex Payne confirmed the news at the start of the show: “Unfortunately Ian has been taken unwell. We hope he’ll make a speedy recovery and be with us in seven days’ time for the decider.”
We wish Ian McGeechan a speedy recovery, who is having a precautionary check up at the hospital after being taken unwell. pic.twitter.com/KRi0UV2Q8A
— Sky Sports Rugby Union (@SkySportsRugby) July 1, 2017
Head of Sky Sports rugby Gus Williams later gave an update on McGeechan’s condition: “He’s a bit under the weather but we all wish him a speedy recovery.”
Williams added that when he arrived in hospital there was a little memory of his time as a Lions player during his tour of New Zealand in 1977: “When he arrived and gave his name and date of birth they found he had a New Zealand medical number from a visit to a Christchurch hospital in 1977 Tour!”
Fellow reporters and former players wished McGeechan well online, as did the official Lions Twitter account.
Everyone at the Lions send their very best wishes to Sir Ian McGeechan https://t.co/HpgZN55xHi
— British & Irish Lions (@lionsofficial) July 1, 2017