Dean Richards will step down as Newcastle Falcons’ director of rugby at the end of the current season, with head coach Dave Walder taking charge of rugby matters.
After 25 years as a director of rugby, the last ten of those at Newcastle, Richards has taken the decision to step aside, although his vast experience will still be utilised in a new part-time consultancy role.
The club said in a statement: “Former England fly-half Walder, a two-time cup winner with the Falcons as a player, will take overall charge, with current coaches Mark Laycock, Micky Ward and Scott MacLeod all remaining on the staff, and Mark Wilson also expected to become a member of the coaching team.
“Defence coach Nick Easter and kicking skills coach Toby Flood will both leave their positions in the summer. Newcastle Falcons would like to thank Nick and Toby for their contribution and wish them well for the future.”
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