sport news Dean Richards accuses England of cheating at 2003 Rugby World Cup

'England used fake blood': Former Harlequins director and 'bloodgate' mastermind Dean Richards accuses 2003 World Cup winners of cheating Dean Richards said faking injuries was common practice for 2003 England team Richards was banned in 2009 for his part in the Harlequins fake blood scandal  Suggestions were dismissed as 'ridiculous' by former coach Sir Clive Woodward 

By Matthew Smith For Mail Online

Published: 07:34 BST, 16 April 2019 | Updated: 07:35 BST, 16 April 2019

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Former Harlequins director of rugby Dean Richards has accused England of cheating to win the 2003 Rugby World Cup - however his suggestions have been dismissed as 'ridiculous' by coach Sir Clive Woodward.

Richards was banned for three years in 2009 for his part in the Harlequins fake blood scandal, but has claimed that the incident was not unusual in rugby at that time.

The former England forward was not part of the squad which triumphed in Australia in 2003, but said he was told by a member of that team that faking injuries to gain an advantage was common practice.

Dean Richards has accused England of cheating to win the 2003 Rugby World Cup

Dean Richards has accused England of cheating to win the 2003 Rugby World Cup

Richards said he was told that faking injuries to gain an advantage was common practice

Richards said he was told that faking injuries to gain an advantage was common practice

His suggestions were dismissed as 'ridiculous' by former England coach Sir Clive Woodward

His suggestions were dismissed as 'ridiculous' by former

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