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Ritchie hails "strong year" at RFU AGM

15 July 2014

  • CEO Ian Ritchie makes encouraging report
  • Jonathan Dance elected as RFU President

The RFU held its Annual General Meeting on Sunday, July 13 and RFU Chief Executive Ian Ritchie presented his report for season 2013/14.

Despite the low match profile year, with less matches played at Twickenham, he reported some encouraging figures.  

“This has been another strong year,” Ritchie said. “We have increased our investment in both professional and development rugby by taking a longer-term look at our revenue streams and continuing to invest up front, with the total investment up 9% from 2012/13 to around £73m.

“We continue our commitment to deliver £1/3 billion rugby investment over the five-year period of our Strategic Plan.”

The following have been elected for 2014/15:

President (one-year term): Jonathan Dance
Senior Vice President (one-year term): Jason Leonard OBE
Junior Vice President (one-year term): Peter Baines
Chairman of the Board of Directors: Bill Beaumont CBE DL

On looking ahead to his term in office, incoming President Jonathan Dance said: “This time next year we will be less than three months away from hosting the most successful Rugby World Cup in its history, success in terms of spectacle, involving the English public in a great sporting event, increased awareness of our game, and success in ensuring our game and clubs enjoy a legacy for many years.”

In addition, the following appointments are confirmed for 2014/15: 

Past President (one-year term): Bob Reeves
Elected members of Board of Directors (three-year terms): Rob Briers, Chris Cuthbertson and Deborah Griffin OBE
RFU Representatives reappointed to the International Rugby Board: Bill Beaumont CBE DL (three-year term) and John Spencer (one-year term).
Chair of Governance Standing Committee (three-year term): HHJ Jeff Blackett