Richards rules out Tigers return

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Newcastle Falcons director of rugby Dean Richards said he has "no interest" in returning to Premiership rivals Leicester Tigers as a replacement for the sacked Richard Cockerill.

Cockerill had a 23-year association with the Tigers before his reign as director of rugby came to end at the start of this month, with head coach Aaron Mauger taking charge of first-team affairs.

Former England international Richards made in excess of 300 appearances for the Tigers before guiding the club to four Premiership titles and two European Cup successes in a successful spell as coach.

But the 53-year-old said he will not be heading back to Welford Road.

"I have ambitions still myself, am competitive and have that desire to win," he told the Daily Telegraph.

"You never lose that instinct, and it has been great to rekindle things here at Newcastle.

"As for Leicester, I've seen what has happened to Richard [Cockerill], and even though he has had longevity in that job, a board gets impatient for success.

"But Leicester is not in my mind at all. I have no interest. I am very happy where I am."