RFU chief executive Bill Sweeney

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When I sat on the RFU council, no matter what was happening in the rugby world the CEO’s review of the year at the annual meeting was always an upbeat statement about how well the game and the RFU had coped with whatever had been thrown at it.
Even though there were some disasters and financial concerns back then, the end of year review always managed to shine a rosy light on things which made most, if not all, the game feel that however bad things were, the council and professional staff at Twickenham were on top of their game and to some degree in control.
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