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The Newcastle Falcons' controversial new Director of Rugby saw his team make a winning start to their campaign last night.
Dean Richards was banned for three years for his part in the infamous Harlequins "Bloodgate" scandal, when a player came off the field for an injury using fake blood.
He saw his new team beat Bristol yesterday on the opening day of the new championship campaign. The Falcons were relegated last season but are tipped to make an instant return to the Premiership.
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Kader Mangane has joined Sunderland on loan until the end of the season
Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill has spoken about the club's newest recruit - Alfred N'Diaye