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Geech - Lewsey has Lions chance
World Cup winner could round off career with second tour
Wasps boss Ian McGeechan has said that Josh Lewsey's decision to retire at the end of the season will not hinder his chances of selection on this summer's British and Irish Lions tour of South Africa.
It was confirmed on Sunday that the 32-year-old will call it a day, Lewsey having earned 55 England caps - and a World Cup-winners medal - and 10 trophies for his club.
Lewsey hopes to bow out with a second Lions tour and McGeechan, also manager of the touring side, insisted that the retirement decision will not affect his chances of being selected.
"I've told him he's got to be playing well first and foremost. I have to look at all the pluses in the squad we want, the mix and how that fits in so there's a bit of sorting still to be done in that respect," he said.
McGeechan was speaking after his side's 12-6 Guinness Premiership victory over Newcastle, their third match in eight days.
Danny Cipriani kept his own Lions hopes alive with an impressive display of kicking which yielded 12 points in a workmanlike victory.
The fly-half kicked three penalties, a drop goal and also played a prominent role in nullifying a Newcastle side who had won seven of their previous eight Premiership matches.
"We played well first half but we didn't turn the good rugby into tries and made it a bit harder for ourselves in the second half," McGeechan added.
"It was our third game in a week and to finish it five metres from your own line in a defensive set showed just how much the players were prepared to put in.
"It was a very good win because Newcastle are playing well at the moment and they've been on a very good run."
Wilko expected to play
Meanwhile, Newcastle boss Steve Bates said he expected Jonny Wilkinson to play for the Falcons before the end of the season.
The fly-half, a target of French giants Toulon, has been out action since suffering a dislocated kneecap in October.
Bates insisted he does not know whether Wilkinson is leaving in the summer but did say: "I think there is every chance he will play before the end of the season. We will have to see how he goes in training.
"He was closer this week but it is dependent on how he reacts and we've got to keep pushing him a little bit more in training.
"A couple of weeks ago it wasn't good enough but he's got better and is doing all sorts of different exercises now to combat those problems. We'll have another look at it again this week."
Bates also declared himself "pretty disappointed" after Newcastle failed to mount a second-half comeback against Wasps.
"We had plenty in the tank in the second half and they looked like a side who had played three games in a week but we made too many errors. We threw some poor passes today," he added.
Aviva Premiership Table
|Friday 5th September|
|19:45||Northampton vs Gloucester|
|Saturday 6th September|
|14:00||Sale vs Bath|
|14:00||Saracens vs Wasps|
|15:00||Leicester vs Newcastle|
|16:30||London Irish vs Harlequins|
|Sunday 7th September|
|14:00||London Welsh vs Exeter|
|Friday 12th September|
|19:45||Harlequins vs Saracens|
|Saturday 13th September|
|15:00||Gloucester vs Sale|
|15:00||Bath vs London Welsh|
|15:15||Exeter vs Leicester|
|Sunday 14th September|
|14:00||Wasps vs Northampton|
|15:00||Newcastle vs London Irish|
|Friday 19th September|
|19:45||Gloucester vs Exeter|
|Saturday 20th September|
|14:00||Sale vs London Welsh|
|15:00||Harlequins vs Wasps|
|15:00||London Irish vs Saracens|
|15:15||Bath vs Leicester|
|Sunday 21st September|
|14:00||Newcastle vs Northampton|
|Friday 26th September|
|19:45||London Welsh vs Gloucester|
|Saturday 27th September|
|15:00||Leicester vs London Irish|
|15:00||Saracens vs Sale|
|15:15||Northampton vs Bath|
|Sunday 28th September|
|14:00||Wasps vs Newcastle|
|14:00||Exeter vs Harlequins|
|Friday 3rd October|
|19:45||Bath vs Saracens|
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