Johnny Wilkinson’s former coach Steve Black had Sadly Passed away

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A lot of rugby union fans that have watched the Lions tour videos will be familiar with Steve Black. Steve Black was Johnny Wilkinson’s personal coach and helped him a lot with his kicking and personal fitness. He was only 64 years of age and also coached in football with Sunderland and Newcastle United we send our deepest sympathy to his family and friends. 

A club statement this morning reads: “All at Newcastle Falcons are deeply saddened to learn of the death of our friend and former colleague, Steve Black.

“The jovial Geordie was the spiritual heartbeat of the Falcons from the very early days of professionalism, helping steer Newcastle to promotion and then the Premiership title at the first attempt.

“Winning multiple domestic cups under his watch, Blackie’s unique motivational talents saw him succeeding with the Welsh national team and the British & Irish Lions, as well as with Newcastle United and Sunderland football clubs, and numerous other elite sportspeople.

“Much more than his sporting achievements, Blackie was a friend to all of us – a proud Geordie who understood the value of people, and how to inspire them.

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