Dean Richards MBE

Dean Richards, MBE, boasts a remarkable rugby career, excelling as both a player and coach at the pinnacle of the sport. Leading the Leicester Tigers back-row during the glory days of the 1980s and 1990s, he captained the team to numerous domestic triumphs, including the inaugural English league title in 1988 and the 1993 Pilkington Cup.

As a seasoned England player with 48 caps, Dean achieved three Grand Slams and earned selection for the 1989 and 1993 British Lions tours. Transitioning to coaching, he steered Leicester Tigers to seven trophies in four years, solidifying Welford Road as a stronghold of domestic and European rugby.

“There is an abundance of talented sports men and women across the country and beyond, who need a platform in order to unleash their potential.” – Dean Richards.

A trophy-laden coaching career soon followed for Dean in his role as Director of Rugby at Leicester Tigers. Winning seven trophies in four years, including back-to-back Heineken Cups and a hat-trick of Premiership titles, Welford Road was firmly established as a fortress of domestic and European rugby.

Dean signed Samoa international winger Sinoti Sinoti during his tenure at Newcastle Falcons

After a stint with French side Grenoble, Dean returned to England, guiding Harlequins back to the Premiership in 2006. His influence extended to Newcastle Falcons, where he spent 10 seasons, fostering a strong bond with the North East.

Dean’s coaching legacy is marked by uncovering hidden talents and nurturing stars like Ben Kay, Danny Care, Adam Radwan, Sinoti Sinoti, and Chris Harris. He revitalized the career of players like Vereniki Goneva and played a pivotal role in the success of many Pacific Islanders and Argentine players in the Premiership.

A keen advocate for developing local talent, Dean has propelled players like Mike Brown, Danny Care, Chris Robshaw, Mark Wilson, and Chris Harris to International honours. His commitment to Newcastle’s academy system resulted in the rise of talents such as Trevor Davison, Sean Robinson, George McGuigan, and Simon Hammersley.

Beyond player development, Dean has mentored aspiring coaches, contributing to the careers of Martin Johnson, Neil Back, Richard Cockerill, Dorian West, Graham Rowntree and John Wells.

Notably, Nick Easter, a Premiership winner, transitioned to become Dean’s Defence Coach at Newcastle, showcasing the club’s reputation for cultivating coaching talent.

In summary, Dean Richards is not just a rugby icon; he’s a transformative force in player development, coaching excellence, and fostering rugby talent across the globe.