Ian Ritchie announces shock decision to leave RFU with England on top

• Chief executive was man who persuaded Eddie Jones to take over England
• Ritchie restored credibility to the RFU and delivered 2015 World Cup

Ian Ritchie has announced his surprise retirement as chief executive of the Rugby Football Union, leaving the governing body in far healthier shape than when he arrived and with his reputation enhanced as the man who delivered Eddie Jones.

A popular employer at the RFU, the 63-year-old Ritchie, who assumed the role in February 2012, informed the board of directors and staff members of his decision at lunchtime on Wednesday and will stay in the role after England’s tour to Argentina.

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