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Richards to transform Newcastle

11th May 2014 15:21


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Revolution: Dean Richards

With signings being made for next season and having avoided relegation, Newcastle boss Dean Richards will have 'a different side' next season.

Those were the words of the Falcons director of rugby after their season ended with a loss at home to Exeter Chiefs.

Newcastle are fortunate that Worcester have struggled all season, because their run of form in the last few months has been woeful.

In the end the Falcons finished just six points clear of safety, but Richards is predicting a new dawn next season.

"There will be a different game plan next year," said Richards.

"Andy and Alex are quality acquisitions and have bags of experience at the very highest level.

"It's been a very difficult season for us but we have some new players coming in alongside the Tuilagis and what you will see will be a different side to this season.

"The way we play next season will also be different, it would be stupid not use the capabilities of the players we have signed. We will play with more punch in the back line was well as up front."

Exeter's Rob Baxter was far happier with the outcome after his team narrowly missed out in their race for the playoffs last week in the loss to Harlequins.

"It was a really pleasing result. We didn't start very well and were six points down but we recovered to dominate the game and we did the right things when we needed to - we don't always do that," said Baxter.

"We had a chance to take a bonus point at the end which is why we played the way we did and we have to learn to take these chances.

"We're relatively happy with the way the season has gone. We held our own for most of the season and we won a cup. Okay we faded a little at the end but that's hardly surprising."

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