British and Irish Lions
Lions cancel proposed high-altitude camp
Scrum.com
April 28, 2009
British & Irish Lions head coach Ian McGeechan, flanked by Tour Manager Gerald Davies, faces the media during the Lions media briefing at the Heathrow Sofitel in London, England on December 11, 2008.
Ian McGeechan's plans for a Lions training camp in Spain have been scuppered by a fixture pile-up © Getty Images
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British and Irish Lions coach Ian McGeechan has cancelled a proposed high-altitude training camp in Spain due to the lack of available players. McGeechan had intended for his squad to attend the camp in Granada, at the base of the Sierra Nevada mountains and roughly 750 metres above sea level, in order to prepare for two Tests that will be played at altitude, at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria and Ellis Park in Johannesburg.

With the Heineken Cup, Guinness Premiership and Magners League all still in action McGeechan's plan has become logistically impossible. Munster and Cardiff, both involved in the Heineken Cup semi-finals and Magners League, contribute 13 players to the Lions squad. The squad will now convene as planned on May 18 with Pennyhill Park Hotel in Bagshot, home of England's Six Nations camp, providing the surroundings for the Lions' first step as a squad before the tour kicks off against a Royal XV in Rustenburg on May 30.

"It [the trip to Granada] has been cancelled," Lions chief executive John Feehan told The Daily Telegraph. "When we looked into the trip in more detail it was felt that the benefits were not worth the hassle."

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