Coach Richards barred for faking blood injury

Former England forward and Harlequins director of rugby Dean Richards has been disqualified from coaching for three years for his part in masterminding a fake blood damage to one of his players.

The 46-year-old was hit with disciplinary action after a consideration by an independent European Rugby Cup (ERC) panel found he had "organized the fabrication of a blood injury" on wing Tom Williams through a European Cup quarterfinal match against Leinster.

With his side sprawling by one point Williams, under instructions from Richards, faked a cut in his mouth with a tablet of fake blood, thereby allowing goal-kicker Nick Evans to return to the field of play.

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