RFU Chief Executive Ian Ritchie was awarded a £100,000 bonus after England became the first host nation in Rugby World Cup history to be knocked out of the Rugby World Cup Pool Stages.
The harrowing campaign ultimately led to coach Stuart Lancaster’s dismissal as England Head Coach, but Ritchie pocketed an extra £100,000 from the staggering financial success of the tournament.
According to a report from The Telegraph, the RFU’s turnover almost doubled to £407.1 million in 2015-16, a record for a British sports governing body and almost £100 million more than the figures reported by the Football Association in its most recent set of accounts.
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Ritchie said prior to the tournament that he would ultimately be responsible if England were to fall short during the World Cup, but after the tournament, which he described as the ‘Most successful Rugby World Cup ever’, the 62-year-old said that the success of the World Cup would benefit English Rugby for years to come.
“This was a truly exceptional year,” said Ritchie.
“Despite the huge disappointment of England’s early exit from our home Rugby World Cup, by running the widely acclaimed ‘Most successful Rugby World Cup ever’ we have delivered significant investment into rugby both at home and globally. The legacy will continue to benefit our community clubs and the sport at every level.”
The RFU’s annual report and accounts also showed that it cost the Union more than £1 million to dismiss Stuart Lancaster and his coaching staff.
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