As a lifelong follower and lover of rugby, I have to sympathise with the loyal Harlequin fans out there. It must seem like a nightmare right now, and its not far off.
...Lets face it, from now on no matter what you do, you will always be known as the team that cheated.
It only takes a second to ruin a name and reputation, but it takes a lifetime to build it back.
I'm not entirely sure what was going through Dean Richards mind... A man with his stature should have known better.
The thing that really worries me is that was it a moment of madness? Or was it a calculated risk made by a man who had done something like this before? And it's quite clearly the latter. If someone like Dean Richards- a man mountain, and someone who I'd always respected, can do something like this then whats the world coming to? And Evans... must follow him after reading Williams testimony, a sad and shameful account of what has been going on.
This is something that I thought I'd never see in rugby, as its tarnished the sports name and reputation also.
Should Dean Richards have any place left in the game after his ban? I know that he would like to return to the sport, and I'm all for second chances, but does he warrant our forgiveness? has he done irrepular damage to his reputation? Surely all eyes would be on him, scrutinising... If he does come back, I can't see him ever becoming a head coach, or director of rugby again... and rightly so!
There is no place for actions like this in Rugby, and people who put the game into disrepute have no place in any aspect of our sport.
Lets hope Harlequins do the right thing, get rid of the people that need getting rid of, and move on from this stronger...