England chief Ian Ritchie is “worth every penny” of his £600,000 salary, according to Richard Cockerill.

Leicester boss Cockerill insists chief executive Ritchie “runs the business very well”, following the Rugby Football Union (RFU) confirming Twickenham revenues exceeded £200million for the first time this year.

Ritchie’s position has been under scrutiny since vowing to take responsibility for England’s World Cup performance, only for head coach Stuart Lancaster to relinquish his role while the former Wimbledon boss stayed put.

England became the worst-performing hosts in tournament history by crashing out of the World Cup at the pool stages, but Leicester coach Cockerill still believes the RFU’s top administrator merits the hefty pay cheque.


“If you’re making a profit of £200million, he’s probably worth every penny,” said Cockerill.

“Oh 100 per cent you should separate what happens on and off the pitch.

“The business is clearly very profitable, he’s clearly in charge of that business.

“I think everybody should shake his hand and say ‘well done’.

“He’s an important man, clearly a very intelligent man and he runs the business very well.

“So for me, no issues.”