Next Premiership on TV
to be announced
Wed, 31 Jul 2013 14:30:14 +0000
  • Switch Edition
ESPN SCRUM / Aviva Premiership 2013-14 / News
Follow@ESPNSCRUM
Aviva Premiership
Richards kick-starts war of words with Warriors
ESPN Staff
March 20, 2014
Dean Richards has hit out at David Lemi © Getty Images
Enlarge

Newcastle Falcons boss Dean Richards has kick-started a war of words with Worcester and has described their winger David Lemi as "too old" and "past his sell-by date".

Worcester are currently 11 points adrift of Newcastle at the foot of the table and the two teams will come up against each other on March 30. Speaking at a fan's forum, Richards was asked about the calibre of players Championship side Bristol were recruiting ahead of next season, one of which is Lemi, who is currently at the Warriors.

"Lemi is how old? We will sign people who will make us competitive, and it is as simple as that," Richards said. "You want me to sign Lemi? Well, I've got news for you. He's too old, he is past his sell-by date and isn't perhaps one of the best wingers around at this moment in time.

"We will be competitive and will sign the people we think will fit in with the culture and character traits and have the ability that will add to us."

Richards also seemed to question Worcester's spending. He said: "It is one of those where you could do a Worcester and throw a lot of money at it, up to and probably, in Worcester's case, over the salary cap, and not have a culture."

He then added: "Sorry, they are probably at the salary cap. I won't spend massive amounts because, every time you do that, you invariably find yourself disappointed unless you buy loads and loads of guys at a huge cost, a little bit like Bath and Saracens and Worcester, who have stuck to the salary cap."

© ESPN Sports Media Ltd

Live Sports

Communication error please reload the page.

  • Formula 1

    Vettel blamed for poor Hockenheim turnout

    Sebastian Vettel has been blamed for the poor turnout at his home grand prix following negative comments made earlier in the season about F1's new V6 turbo era

  • Formula 1

    Ecclestone: No concerns over Russian Grand Prix

    Bernie Ecclestone has no concerns about the Russian Grand Prix going ahead in October despite the recent MH17 disaster

  • Cricket

    Swann: I wanted my friend Cook to step down

    Graeme Swann has admitted he wanted to see his friend Alastair Cook resign as England captain following their defeat to India in the second Test at Lord's on Monday

  • Rugby

    Wilkinson's relief at perfect finale

    Jonny Wilkinson has spoken of his relief at finishing his Toulon career in the perfect way saying that had he missed kicks in the final and they lost then he may not have been able to live with it

  • Rugby

    Walkinshaw: No more signings for Gloucester

    Gloucester chairman Ryan Walkinshaw says the club have spent up to the salary cap and there is no room to bring in any extra players as the new coaching staff beds into life at Kingsholm

Sponsored Links
Make $170 in 60 seconds!
Google Vs Facebook, 60 sec. knock out! Choose a champion, Become a Winner!
Make $25 in 1 Minute!
Start trading with the biggest broker! Register now to receive $25 for FREE!