Dean Richards will step down this summer as Newcastle Falcons boss and head coach Dave Walder to take over

Dean Richards will step down as head of Newcastle Falcons this summer after DEKADIE in the lead – coaches Toby Flood and Nick Easter will leave and head coach Dave Walder will take over Kingston Park

  • Dean Richards has confirmed that he will step down as head of the Newcastle Falcons
  • Richards has spent 25 years as rugby director, the last 10 with Newcastle
  • Former England player Dave Walder will replace him at Kingston Park
  • Defense coach Nick Easter is about to depart and join Steve Diamond’s Worcester

Dean Richards has confirmed that he will resign as director of Newcastle Falcons rugby at the end of the season and will be replaced by current coach Dave Walder.

The departure of former England Richards No. 8 from Kingston Park was widely anticipated and he admitted last month that he was reflecting on his position.

After 25 years as rugby director, the last ten at Newcastle, Richards has made the decision to move on. He will continue to use his vast experience in his new role as part-time consultant at Falcons.

Dean Richards (left) has confirmed that he will step down as head of the Newcastle Falcons this summer

Dean Richards (left) has confirmed that he will step down as head of the Newcastle Falcons this summer

Former England player Dave Walder (above), now head coach, is set to take over the top position

Former England player Dave Walder (above), now head coach, is set to take over the top position

Former England defender Walder, two-time national cup winner with Falcons, will replace Richards.

Current coaches Mark Laycock, Micky Ward and Scott MacLeod will remain on staff. Former England forward Mark Wilson also expected him to join the team after his retirement.

Current Newcastle defense coach Nick Easter and kicking skills coach Toby Flood will leave their positions this summer.

On Friday, Worcester confirmed Sports mailIt’s exclusive that Easter will join Steve Diamond’s Warriors at the start of the 2022/23 season.

Easter will be working with the Worcester strikers and their defense, taking the second role from Jonny Bell, who is re-joining Ulster at the end of this season. Jonathan Thomas – who left Sixways in January – was previously responsible for the Worcester strikers.

“Nick will be a huge addition to our management team,” said Diamond, currently chief rugby consultant for Worcester but the man who will become rugby director next season.

Defense coach Nick Easter (center) will leave Kingston Park to join Steve Diamond's Worcester

Defense coach Nick Easter (center) will leave Kingston Park to join Steve Diamond’s Worcester

“He has extensive experience playing at the highest level and has had excellent coaching practice at Harlequins, Sharks and Newcastle.

“I was impressed with his mentality of how he wants us to play forward. He is very ambitious and his honest approach will be completed by our coaching team.

Easter said: “I’ve always respected what Dimes did in the game, especially in Sale. He is able to bring out the best in a group of players and individuals in terms of capacity management.

“He understands what it takes to win rugby games, especially in the Premiership. I enjoyed Dimes’s company, and from our discussions over the past few weeks, we both look very close to the game.

“The opportunity in Worcester is exciting. It’s a fresh start at Dimes. It is a club with a good investment, ambitious owners and one that needs to be put on the map.

“If we can come up with a clear plan, practice it before the season, and get players buy-in, hopefully the results will improve.”

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