Ian Ritchie: I have no regrets about Stuart Lancaster but England's success under Eddie Jones makes it right time for me to leave

Eddie Jones
Eddie Jones (left) with Ian Ritchie (right) at the World Cup draw

RFU chief executive Ian Ritchie is confident Eddie Jones’ team are in much better shape to avoid the mistakes of the 2015 Rugby World Cup that saw England become the first hosts to exit at the pool stages.

Ritchie revealed that this belief in Jones was one of the principal reasons why he has chosen this moment to announce that he will retire at the end of the summer, confident that the team and the union are in good hands.

Ritchie appointed Jones in late 2015 following England’s dispiriting World Cup campaign, a failure that the 63 year-old described as ‘my abiding regret’. Yet the run of success under Jones, with two Six Nations titles and a record-equalling streak of 18 successive Test wins, helped prompt Ritchie to consider his own future.    

“That (the success) is one of the reasons you feel it is the right time,” said Ritchie. “Like all people who lose, you need to go on to make sure...


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