John Wells

Defence coach

Having originally arrived in Newcastle as forwards coach in January 2012, Wells took on the mantle of head coach at the start of the 2014/15 season before becoming defence coach in 2017. Having previously acted as Dean Richards’ deputy, Wells took the reigns as head coach at Leicester Tigers in 2004 where he underlined his growing reputation in the game with a place in the Premiership Final and the Heineken Cup Semi Finals during his first season at the helm. In 2006 Wells was appointed England forwards coach and spent six years in that role, playing a vital part in the England set up that reached the 2007 Rugby World Cup final in France and taking an instrumental role in assisting Martin Johnson on the way to lifting the 2011 RBS Six Nations Championship. Wells' leadership qualities stem from his playing days which saw him captain Leicester from 1991-93 and lead his side to Pilkington Cup glory in 1993, the Tigers' first Twickenham triumph in 12 years.

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