Swanny’s World of Sport: Ritchie should also do a runner

RFU chief executive Ian Ritchie.
RFU chief executive Ian Ritchie.
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Has there ever been a more bumbling and inept sporting leader than Ian Ritchie?

The Rugby Football Union chief executive’s press conference following the justified departure of England head coach Stuart Lancaster was a masterclass in deluded arrogance.

Ritchie wants us to forget that he was the numbskull who gave Lancaster a ludicrous contract and accept that he is the right man to appoint the replacement.

Bizarrely for a country who won’t select players who ply their trade abroad professionally at all, England are apparently set on appointing a foreign coach. Mercenaries are acceptable to teach, but not to play and I bet Aussie coach Michael Cheika relished the opportunity to publicly state he wasn’t interested,