Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 23 July 2014

RFU urged to establish national centre

Sir Ian McGeechan and Peter Keen believe the RFU should build a National Performance Centre

The Rugby Football Union (RFU) should develop a National Performance Centre that will be operational by 2016, a review into England's elite structure has recommended.

Sir Ian McGeechan and Peter Keen have presented the findings of their five-month review to the RFU board and made four main recommendations. The biggest of those calls for rugby to follow football's lead and establish a performance centre of the kind which opened last year at St George's Park in Burton.

According to the review, the centre should "provide the world's best developmental environment for players and staff. The RFU should aim for it to be operational within 12 months of the end of the Rugby World Cup in 2015 to take advantage of the momentum gained."

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