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Peter Russell to leave Newcastle
ESPN Staff
April 9, 2014
Hawke's Bay coach Peter Russell looks on, Southland v Hawke's Bay, ITM Cup, Southland Stadium, New Zealand, August 21, 2009
Peter Russell will leave the Falcons at the end of the season © Getty Images
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Newcastle Falcons' head coach Peter Russell will leave the club at the end of the season due to personal reasons.

Russell arrived on Tyneside in 2012 from New Zealand provincial side Hawke's Bay to work with Falcons rugby director Dean Richards.

"I've enjoyed the challenge of the Aviva Premiership, which is an incredibly competitive league," Russell said. "And had we had the rub of the green with injuries and in one or two matches this season, we might just have been further up the table.

"However, the development of this young side has been marked and has pleased me hugely, with young players gaining invaluable experience and maturing with every opportunity."

Richards added: "Peter will be a huge loss to the squad. In my years of being involved in the game I've never come across anyone with such an in depth understanding of the game and an appetite for learning like Peter's.

"He is liked and admired by all. We will be wishing him all the best at the final whistle of the season, but as Peter keeps saying, there are games to be played, which means more games to be won."

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