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Ritchie ready to get stuck in


Ian Ritchie

Ian Ritchie

Ian Ritchie

New chief executive Ian Ritchie is ready to embrace the challenge of leading the Rugby Football Union away from the turmoil of 2011 and into a bright future.

Ritchie's recruitment from the All England Club, where he has been chief executive since 2005, was rubber-stamped by the RFU board on Wednesday.

"I am very proud to be taking up the role of chief executive at the RFU and am excited about the chance to further develop the potential that the RFU and the game offers," said Ritchie, whose starting date at Twickenham is yet to be confirmed.

The RFU has been in a state of managerial upheaval since John Steele was ousted as chief executive in June, the fall-out from which was poisonous, damaging and expensive to the governing body.

But Ritchie is focused on maximising England's golden opportunity of hosting the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

He added: "The opportunity to lead an organisation which I know has so many dedicated, talented people is one I relish.

"I believe English rugby has a very bright future, culminating in a once-in-a-lifetime home World Cup in 2015.

"I am determined to help rugby create a legacy from the tournament that will benefit the sport for generations to come.

"The RFU has great commercial partners and a very sound financial base, underpinning the development of rugby union at grassroots and elite level."

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