Chief Executive announces shock decision to leave RFU with England on top

  • RFU CEO Ian Ritchie to retire at the end of the summer
  • RFU Chairman Andy Cosslett: “Ian has been an outstanding CEO”
Ian Ritchie, Chief Executive of the RFU, has today informed the RFU Board of Directors, management and staff that he will retire at the end of the summer.

The 63-year-old joined the RFU in February 2012. Under his leadership, the RFU has delivered record revenue and investment into professional and community rugby.


In this time, England teams have won three Grand Slams (men in 2016, women in 2017 and U20s in 2017) and four world titles (women in 2014, U20s in 2013, 2014 and 2016). The England men’s team won back-to-back RBS 6 Nations Championships in 2016 and 2017.

Ian Ritchie said: “It has been an honour and a privilege to lead the RFU. I’m proud to have been part of the rugby family, working with so many talented, passionate and committed teams at every level of the game and of the Union.

“Rugby is a special sport, and one which is very hard to leave, but after a 40-year career and seven CEO roles, I will retire at the end of the summer with a lifetime of memories, many of which have rugby at heart. I would like to thank Andy Cosslett, the Board, and everyone at the RFU for their support ”

The RFU Board will now begin the process of recruiting Ian Ritchie’s successor as CEO. An appointment will be made by the end of the summer.

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