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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.
|Friday 6th March|
|19:45||Bath vs Sale Sharks|
|Saturday 7th March|
|15:00||Exeter vs London Welsh|
|15:00||Harlequins vs London Irish|
|15:15||Gloucester vs Northampton|
|Sunday 8th March|
|14:00||Wasps vs Saracens|
|15:00||Newcastle Falcons vs Leicester Tigers|
|Friday 27th March|
|19:45||Northampton vs Wasps|
|Saturday 28th March|
|15:00||London Irish vs Newcastle|
|15:00||Leicester vs Exeter|
|15:15||Saracens vs Harlequins|
|Sunday 29th March|
|14:00||Sale vs Gloucester|
|14:30||London Welsh vs Bath|
|Friday 10th April|
|19:45||Newcastle vs Bath|
|Saturday 11th April|
|15:00||Harlequins vs Gloucester|
|15:15||Saracens vs Leicester|
|Sunday 12th April|
|14:00||Exeter vs Northampton|
|14:30||London Welsh vs Wasps|
|15:00||London Irish vs Sale|
|Saturday 25th April|
|14:00||Sale vs Harlequins|
|15:00||Gloucester vs Newcastle|
|15:00||Bath vs London Irish|
|15:00||Northampton vs Saracens|
|15:00||Leicester vs London Welsh|
|Sunday 26th April|
|14:00||Wasps vs Exeter|
|Saturday 9th May|
|14:00||Sale vs Newcastle|
|Sunday 1st March|
|Wasps 32 - 21 Gloucester|
|Saturday 28th February|
|Exeter 16 - 6 Bath|
|Saracens 22 - 17 Newcastle Falcons|
|Leicester Tigers 28 - 8 Sale Sharks|
|London Welsh 12 - 50 London Irish|
|Friday 27th February|
|Northampton 17 - 13 Harlequins|
|Sunday 22nd February|
|London Irish 6 - 12 Leicester Tigers|
|Saturday 21st February|
|Bath 13 - 21 Northampton|
|Harlequins 21 - 32 Exeter|
|Gloucester 48 - 10 London Welsh|
|Sale Sharks 14 - 10 Saracens|
|Friday 20th February|
|Newcastle 23 - 23 Wasps|
|Sunday 15th February|
|Wasps 37 - 6 Harlequins|
|London Welsh 12 - 52 Sale|
|Saracens 34 - 24 Bath|
|Saturday 14th February|
|Exeter 46 - 17 Newcastle|
|Friday 13th February|
|Leicester 18 - 15 Gloucester|
|Northampton 15 - 9 London Irish|
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