RUMOUR | Saracens star linked with player-coach role

England and Saracens scrum-half Richard Wigglesworth could make a curveball move to join Newcastle Falcons ahead of their expected return to the Gallagher Premiership.

According to The Rugby Paper, Falcons head coach Dave Walder is being lined up for a coaching role by Wasps, which would leave Dean Richards backroom staff at Kingston Park short.

The former England fly-half, who spent four years at Wasps during his long playing career, is reportedly looking for a fresh challenge.

As a result, according to RUCK sources, Newcastle have made contact with Wigglesworth, although no advanced talks have taken place at this stage.

The 36-year-old, who has also been linked with Ealing and Sale, would play on while also taking up a coaching role if he chooses to move to the North East.

Having risen through the ranks at Sale Sharks, winning his first Premiership with the Manchester outfit in 2005/06, the scrum-half swapped the North West for Sarries in 2010 and has proved pivotal in the club’s success on the field.

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In his debut season, the Men in Black won its maiden league title and four have followed since alongside three European Cups – his pinpoint accuracy from the boot proved invaluable in monsoon conditions to secure the first of the latter.

Wigglesworth has appeared over 200 times for Saracens and in 2018/19 broke former captain Steve Borthwick’s record as the all-time Premiership appearance holder.

Internationally, the Lancastrian has appeared in two World Cups with England and has 31 caps.

He also currently works as Championship side Ealing Trailfinders’ Attack Coach.

LIST: Most all-time Premiership appearances

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10. Stuart Hooper – 232 appearances

9. Andy Goode – 236 appearances

8. Simon Shaw – 237 appearances 

7. Tom May – 245 appearances

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