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Rugby Union: Newcastle Falcons start well with controversial new director

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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