Fake injury an old bloody trick
LONDON: Dean Richards claims that the fake injury scam that led to his threeyear ban from rugby was unplanned and was “spur of the moment”.
Although winger Tom Williams was supplied with a fake blood capsule in a ruse that Richards said he had used four times previously, the for mer Harlequins director of rugby said he had not planned the incident.
Richards orchestrated the deception to get Williams off the field and introduce a specialist kicker in a potentially match-winning switch, but Williams was caught winking at the Quins bench on his way off the field.
An investigation ended with Richards banned for three years, Quins’ physiotherapist for two years and Williams for four months. Harlequins were also fined £300 000 (about R4 million) and Richards, a for mer England great and respected coach, quit his role.
“It isn’t something we rehearsed, it was something on the spur of the moment,” Richards said in an interview with the BBC. “When we went through with it and I was stood on the touchline I was thinking, ‘Oh my God’.”
“I was mortified and I knew at that point, instantly, something would come of it. It wasn’t very well done at all.”
England’s Rugby Football Union is looking into Richards’s previous behaviour and the occasions on which he acknowledges faking injury to help influence the course of a match.
“It is something I had used and done on four previous occasions prior to that, two tactical and two medical,” Richards said. “I know it is wrong and I shouldn’t have done it.” –Sapa-AP