Dean Richards steps down as Director Of Rugby at Newcastle Falcons - Ruck

Dean Richards steps down as Director Of Rugby at Newcastle Falcons

Newcastle Falcons boss Dean Richards has confirmed that he is in negotiations about a change of role at the Premiership following a decade at Kingston Park.

It was reported over the weekend that he would be stepping down to become a part-time consultant though he is likely to remain heavily involved in Newcastle’s recruitment.

Speaking today, the Newcastle boss explained that his future at the club remains unclear.

“At the moment I’m talking to Semore about it,” said the 58-year-old.

“I’ve been doing it [director of rugby roles] for 25 years or so and it’s been a long haul to be honest.

“At the same time,’ I’m still keen as mustard, and still enjoy the sport and the match days more than anything.”

EDITORS PICKS:

5 of the biggest scandals in rugby history

1. KAMP STAALDRAAD

It was a military-style “boot camp” organized as a “team building” exercise for the South African national rugby union team, the Springboks (or Boks), during their preparation for the 2003 Rugby World Cup (RWC). Details of the camp emerged in the South African media, resulting in protest from the upper administrative levels of South African rugby.

  • The team was ordered to climb into a foxhole naked and sing the national anthem while ice-cold water were being poured over their heads. During their time in the hole, recordings of God Save the Queen (used as England‘s national anthem) and the New Zealand All Blacks haka were played at full volume.
  • It was confirmed that firearms were present at the camp, although reports varied as to whether they were ever pointed at anyone.
  • The players were forced to crawl naked across gravel.
  • They also were ordered to spend a night in the bush, during which they were to kill and cook chickens, but not eat them.

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