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English rugby union to invest over £300m

The Rugby Football Union (RFU) is to invest over £300 million into the sport at all levels and will increase grassroots spending by a third.

Under a new five-year strategic plan, the RFU hopes to develop the game in England ahead and beyond the country hosting the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

Its proposal includes establishing rugby union as a sport for everyone; building the RFU’s brand, reputation and relationships; optimising the union’s revenue for reinvesting in the game; securing success for representative teams; and “delivering the most inspiring Rugby World Cup ever”.

The RFU chief executive Ian Ritchie said: “If we successfully deliver the strategic priorities and are operationally efficient in all aspects of governing our sport, we can achieve our aspirations, create a foundation for the future and truly become a union at the top of its game.”