19 Aug 2009

IRB says Richrads ban is global

6:52 am on 19 August 2009

The International Rugby Board has confirmed its three year ban on the former Harlequins director of rugby Dean Richards is global.

Initially the IRB said the former England forward had been baned from the European Cup for fabricated a blood injury to wing Tom Williams during their quarter-final loss to to Leinster in April.

Williams left the field near the end of the match with fake blood dripping from his mouth which allowed Harlequins to send on specialist goalkicker Nick Evans as a blood replacement.

Originally, the ERC banned both Williams and Richards for one year but Richards' punishment was increased in the light of new evidence from Williams who's ban has been cut to four months.

Richards says he's "shocked and surprised" by the a disproportionate increase in his ban.

The former Harlequins physio Steph Brennan will serve a two-year ban.

The ERC hearings had also found that Richards and Brennan had fabricated a wound or a blood injury on four previous occasions in non-ERC tournaments.