SWANNY’S WORLD OF SPORT: England remain a laughing stock

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I fear for England rugby union while bumbling chief executive Ian Ritchie remains in charge.

The man who should have fallen on his sword as soon as it was obvious England were going to become a laughing stock in their own World Cup continues to inspire no confidence at all.

He has since thrown £500k a year at an Australian coach in a move that smacked of sheer panic and an attempt at shifting the spotlight off himself.

It then takes a month to get rid of specialist coaches who should have followed head coach Stuart Lancaster straight out of the door and then the hiring of a fresh coach, Steve Borthwick, is handled in an embarrassingly clumsy fashion.

It’s a good job Ritchie is not a football boss. The scrutiny would be jusifiably unbearable.