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Falcons announce Dean Richards signing

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Newcastle Falcons have confirmed that Dean Richards has been appointed director of rugby for the start of next season.

Richards, who made more than 300 first-team appearances for Leicester Tigers before guiding the club to four league titles from 1999 to 2002 and back-to-back Heineken Cup Final wins as director of rugby, told the Falcons official website: “I am delighted to get the opportunity to join Newcastle Falcons. There are two reasons why I chose the Falcons – the supporters and Semore Kurdi’s ambition for the club. I met up with Semore and his vision made my mind up.”

Club owner Semore Kurdi said: “Dean needs no introduction in the world of rugby and it will be a true honour to have him at Newcastle Falcons next season. In the meantime we are 100 per cent behind Gary Gold and his team who have and who continue to work magnificently as we fight to preserve our Aviva Premiership status.”