England legend accuses Sir Clive Woodward of cheating in leaked statement - Ruck

England legend accuses Sir Clive Woodward of cheating in leaked statement

Former England head coach Sir Clive Woodward has rejected claims that his 2003 side cheated during their Rugby World Cup success.

In a document, uncovered by a documentary on talkSPORT, Former Harlequins and current Newcastle boss Dean Richards said: “The use of fake blood, cutting players, re-opening wounds, feigning injury in the front row, jabbing players with anaesthetic all occur regularly throughout the game.”

Richard’s first made his assertion in a confidential meeting with the Rugby Football Union at the time of the Bloodgate crisis 10 years ago.

Richards’ observation noted: “Rugby World Cup 2003. England used faked blood to manage replacements.”

When asked how he knew, Richards indicated he was informed by a person in the England squad.

Woodward, writing in Mail Online, has refuted the claims that his 2003 heroes were involved in a similar practice.

“We won every match in Australia. Why would we want to cheat? This is simply not true.

“I am not sure why Dean raised this. I have never been involved in anything like this. It is ridiculous.”


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#3. Dean Richards

Marler said: “Richards was Director of Rugby at Harlequins, but he wasn’t just that. He was also a proper hard man and legendary drinker from the amateur age of rugby.”

Newcastle Falcons Coach Dean Richards during the Aviva Premiership rugby game between Newcastle Falcons and Exeter Chiefs at Kingston Park on Jan 07 – PHOTO: Steve Bond/PPAUK