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It is to be hoped Phil Godman enjoyed the Doctor Who special on Saturday evening because earlier in the day the Newcastle fly-half’s adventures in space and time had an unhappy ending thanks to the tackling of Courtney Lawes.

Tom Wood: 'I'm so new to all this... but I feel as though I belong'

England flanker Tom Wood could win a Grand Slam in only his fifth game. He tells Chris Hewett how he has come so far so fast

Outside the Box: Deano's generous donation was a sign of the times

The generous nature of Dean Richards, whose life will be celebrated at today's game between two of his former teams, Wolves and Tottenham, was illustrated six years ago when his first club, Bradford City, who were in administration at the time, asked him to play in a fundraising match at Valley Parade.

Hundreds attend defender's funeral

Dean Richards

Wolves and Spurs lead Richards tributes

Wolves and Tottenham will stage a joint tribute to Dean Richards, their former centre-half whose death was announced on Saturday, when they play each other at Molineux next weekend.

Dean Richards: Former Wolves and Spurs defender, once England's most expensive uncapped player

The BBC football pundit Alan Hansen knows a thing or two about centre-halves, having been one of the finest the British game has ever seen during his playing days with Liverpool, so it was worth listening in 1996 when he described Dean Richards as the most promising young central defender in England. The tall, commanding Yorkshireman, who combined brawn and elegance to an unusual degree, became the costliest player in the land without a full international cap when he switched from Southampton to Tottenham Hotspur for £8.1m in 2001.

Wayne Rooney at centre of red card row

Wigan manager fumes over off-the-ball forearm and accuses United of targeting McCarthy

Richard Cockerill: 'My behaviour has been less than ideal'

Leicester's director of rugby tells Hugh Godwin about runs-ins with refs, trying to control his temper and Leicester's magic ingredient

James Lawton: The Bloodgate physio is banned for life. So why is the door open for Richards' return?

It may not be much comfort to the ruined physiotherapist Steph Brennan but there might just be a day when he can look back on the "Bloodgate" affair and remember that in the worst days of his life – and the sport to which he attached himself – he showed a degree of moral discernment.

'Bloodgate' physio Brennan is struck off

The fake blood scandal at Harlequins happened the best part of 18 months ago, but the union game has yet to rid itself of the rancid smell. Steph Brennan, the physiotherapist who participated in the Heineken Cup substitution scam orchestrated by the London club's director of rugby Dean Richards, was yesterday struck off by the Health Professions Council – a development that cast Richards' current efforts to "clarify" the roles he may or may not perform during his three-year ban from the sport in a dismal, dirty-grey light.

Bloodgate physio struck off for role in scandal

Former Harlequins physiotherapist Steph Brennan has been struck off following his role in rugby's infamous Bloodgate scandal.

Harlequins physio to face HPC

A former Harlequins physiotherapist will appear before a Health Professions Council (HPC) conduct hearing today over the 'Bloodgate' scandal.

Depleted Tigers given food for thought by hungry new boys

Leicester 37 Exeter 27

James Lawton: Hatred's hold on football grows with every vile chant aimed at Rooney today

On the field at least, Wayne Rooney has stood up pretty well to a week which most people would consign straight to hell. He may even outrun the latest blistering accusation, from the broadcaster Gabby Logan, that he committed a grave act of hypocrisy by wearing a plastic rosary to training while awaiting the reports of his whore-mongering, a charge that we have to believe has the more worldly inhabitants of the Vatican doubled up in uncontrolled mirth.

A year after 'Bloodgate', has Richards found a way to get back into the game?

English rugby's disciplinary classes may have made their peace with Brendan Venter – while the Saracens boss had two almighty run-ins with officialdom last season, relations are now said to be extremely cosy – but as the equally controversial figure of Dean Richards is looming large on the horizon, this is far from the end of their troubles. Richards, kicked out of the sport for three years after belatedly admitting to his starring role in the fake blood scandal at Harlequins, is currently in discussions with senior figures about taking tentative steps back into the game he disgraced.

Quins 'supportive' of blood doctor

Harlequins, experiencing fresh torment over the fake blood scandal that cost Dean Richards his job as director of rugby, yesterday acknowledged their deep sense of responsibility regarding Dr Wendy Chapman, currently appearing before a General Medical Council disciplinary panel investigating her role in the affair.

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