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Robertson urges action at RFU

Sports minister Hugh Robertson has stressed the need for the Rugby Football Union to act speedily to resolve the problems that have left the organisation in disarray.

Robertson says he has been impressed by RFU acting chairman Paul Murphy's desire to put things right via an independent review but that time is of the essence.

He said: "Paul Murphy came to see me last week and I have been impressed by the positive attitude taken by the RFU to putting things right. They are now going to have an independent review of the governance and looking to appoint non-executive independent directors, both of which I welcome enormously."

He added: "There is a need for this to happen quickly - there is a Rugby World Cup coming up and in less than two months England have to assume responsibility for hosting the tournament in 2015."

The RFU is without a permanent chairman or chief executive after a meltdown in the management of the government body over the appointment of a new performance director.

The infighting between rival factions saw John Steele ousted as chief executive and that was followed by Martyn Thomas quitting as chairman - though he has been kept on as acting chief executive.

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