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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 13th February|
|19:45||Leicester vs Gloucester|
|19:45||Northampton vs London Irish|
|Saturday 14th February|
|16:30||Exeter vs Newcastle|
|Sunday 15th February|
|13:00||Saracens vs Bath|
|14:00||Wasps vs Harlequins|
|14:30||London Welsh vs Sale|
|Friday 20th February|
|19:45||Newcastle vs Wasps|
|Saturday 21st February|
|14:00||Sale vs Saracens|
|15:00||Harlequins vs Exeter|
|15:00||Gloucester vs London Welsh|
|15:15||Bath vs Northampton|
|Sunday 22nd February|
|14:00||London Irish vs Leicester|
|Friday 27th February|
|19:45||Leicester vs Sale|
|19:45||Northampton vs Harlequins|
|Saturday 28th February|
|14:30||London Welsh vs London Irish|
|15:00||Saracens vs Newcastle|
|15:15||Exeter vs Bath|
|Sunday 1st March|
|14:00||Wasps vs Gloucester|
|Friday 6th March|
|19:45||Bath vs Sale|
|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 vs Leicester|
|Friday 27th March|
|19:45||Northampton vs Wasps|
|Sunday 11th January|
|London Irish 28 - 26 Exeter|
|Newcastle 38 - 7 London Welsh|
|Saturday 10th January|
|Harlequins 32 - 12 Leicester|
|Bath 39 - 26 Wasps|
|Sale Sharks 20 - 7 Northampton|
|Friday 9th January|
|Gloucester 24 - 23 Saracens|
|Sunday 4th January|
|London Welsh 13 - 24 Harlequins|
|Wasps 41 - 16 Sale Sharks|
|Leicester 17 - 8 Bath|
|Saturday 3rd January|
|Exeter 25 - 26 Gloucester|
|Saracens 22 - 6 London Irish|
|Friday 2nd January|
|Northampton 39 - 31 Newcastle|
|Sunday 28th December|
|Gloucester 23 - 30 Wasps|
|Saturday 27th December|
|Harlequins 25 - 30 Northampton|
|Newcastle 23 - 25 Saracens|
|Bath 31 - 14 Exeter|
|Sale Sharks 30 - 32 Leicester|
|Friday 26th December|
|London Irish 24 - 9 London Welsh|
|Sunday 21st December|
|Wasps 48 - 16 London Irish|
|Saturday 20th December|
|Gloucester 16 - 39 Bath|
|Northampton 23 - 19 Leicester|
|Saracens 78 - 7 London Welsh|
|Harlequins 15 - 7 Newcastle|
|Friday 19th December|
|Sale 18 - 11 Exeter|
Read the thoughts and opinions of Phil Edwards with skysports.com