Richards set for Falcons post

by Setanta Staff , 13 March 2012

Reports claim that Dean Richards will be unveiled as Newcastle Falcons' director of rugby for next season by the end of the week.

The former Harlequins boss is currently serving a three-year ban from the sport for his part in the 'Bloodgate' scandal, in which he instructed Quins player Tom Williams to fake a blood injury during a Heineken Cup defeat to Leinster.

The 48-year-old enjoyed a superb playing career for both club and country, winning 48 England caps and six for the British Lions.

He also made more than 300 appearances for Leicester Tigers and is regarded as a legend at the Welford Road club.

But the former number eight blotted his copybook over the incident which led to his ban and it was unclear whether or not he would be welcomed back into the sport at the end of his period of isolation.

But it seems as though the Falcons are willing to take a chance on the burly tactician and will make a formal announcement at the end of the week.

Gary Gold is currently in charge at Kingston Park but is set to return to his native South Africa at the end of the current campaign, paving the way for Richards to link up with his former team-mate John Wells in the north east.

Newcastle are currently bottom of the Premiership and look like falling into the second tier of English rugby and Richards' experience of taking Harlequins back into the top-flight may have tipped the balance in his favour when the decision was made to give him the nod.

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