& # 39; England used fake blood & # 39 ;: former Harlequins director and & # 39; bloodgate & # 39; mastermind Dean Richards accuses winners of the 2003 World Cup – but Sir Clive Woodward labels claim & # 39; ridiculous & # 39;
- Dean Richards said that false injuries were common to the team from England in 2003
- Richards was banned in 2009 for his part in the fake blood scandal of Harlequins
- Suggestions were dismissed as & # 39; ridiculous & # 39; by former coach Sir Clive Woodward
Former Harlequins director of rugby Dean Richards has accused England of cheating to win the Rugby World Cup 2003 – but his suggestions are dismissed as & # 39; ridiculous & # 39; by coach Sir Clive Woodward.
Richards was banned for three years in 2009 for his part in the fake blood scandal of Harlequins, but claimed that the incident was not unusual in rugby at the time.
The former attacker from England was not part of the squadrium that prevailed in Australia in 2003, but said a member of that team had said that falsifying injuries to gain an advantage was common practice.
Dean Richards has accused England of cheating to win the Rugby World Cup 2003
Richards said he was told that counterfeiting injuries to gain an advantage was the normal course of business
His suggestions were dismissed as & # 39; ridiculous & # 39; by the former English coach Sir Clive Woodward
In a documentary that will be broadcast on talkSPORT, Richards said: “The use of fake blood, cutting players, reopening wounds, pretending first-line injuries, catching players with anesthesia all come regularly for during the game. Rugby World Cup 2003. England used fake blood. & # 39;
Richards, who played 48 tests for England, was the director of rugby at Quins when team officials cut the wing of Tom Williams and used a fake blood capsule from a joke store during a match against Leinster.
They cheated on getting Nick Evans back to the field as a blood substitute.
George Robson, who also played for Quins in that game, told talkSPORT that he was coming off with a fake blood injury to Leicester.
Richards was banned for three years in 2009 for his part in the fake blood scandal of Harlequins
& # 39; I acted as a blood substitute, with a piece of gauze with some blood on my head, & # 39; said the former lock. & # 39; That wasn't my blood, I don't know if it was blood, I suppose it wasn't. & # 39;
& # 39; My idea was, this is the protocol, and the reason is that it's going to help us win a rugby game.
& # 39; I have seen nothing wrong with that. I didn't find this crazy or ridiculous and 10 years later I talk to people I work with or study with and share some of that insight, they look at me as if I have three heads. & # 39;
Although Woodward rejected Richards' claim about the World Cup team, it was & # 39; absolute nonsense & # 39 ;.
He said: & # 39; This is simply not true. I'm not sure why Dean raised this. I've never been involved in anything. It is ridiculous. & # 39;