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RFU commits to RWC report investigation

23 November 2011

  • RFU to employ independent firm to carry out investigations
  • Professional game board pledges that RWC review will remain "fair and balanced"
England squad

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Following today’s (Wednesday's) serious breach of confidentiality regarding Rugby World Cup reports to the Professional Game Board, the Rugby Football Union will investigate fully and, if appropriate, take disciplinary action. The investigation will be carried out expediently by an independent external firm.

Reacting to the breach of confidence earlier in the day, Professional Game Board Chairman Ian Metcalfe vowed that the review into England’s Rugby World Cup campaign will remain “fair and balanced” ahead of the recommendations to the RFU Board of Directors on November 30.

Metcalfe said: “It is disappointing and frustrating that confidential reports submitted to the PGB have been put into the public domain when all involved were promised that their views would remain private for the ultimate goal of improving the England team. The reporting of selective elements of those documents is also counter-productive to that aim.

He added: "There will naturally be a wide range of views surrounding the Rugby World Cup and the PGB review was set up to take into account all feedback from all parties. There has been a clear process that has been followed which will culminate in fair and balanced recommendations to the RFU Board of Directors on November 30.”