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Richard Blaze quits Tigers role

Richard Blaze quits Tigers role

Leicester head coach Matt O'Connor has confirmed that forwards coach Richard Blaze has resigned from the role with immediate effect.

The 32-year-old former stand-off, who joined the Tigers from Worcester Warriors in 2007, has been a part of the Welford Road coaching set-up since 2010 after he was forced into premature retirement because of a foot injury.

However, Blaze has now departed his role, with development coach Brett Deacon filling the void until the Tigers find a long-term replacement.

O'Connor told the club website: "He has been an integral part of the environment for a long time. He is a student of the game and has a real attention to detail. We're sorry to lose him."

Blaze added: "I have had an amazing 10 years with the Tigers but for personal reasons I am now standing down as a coach here. I retired early as a player but I've spent seven seasons as a coach and learned such a lot.

"I would like to thank all the players, the staff and the supporters at the club and I wish the boys all the best for the future."

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