England have “no excuse” not to be the most powerful rugby nation in the world, the new Rugby Football Union (RFU)chief executive Steve Brown said this week.
Since losing to Australia in the World Cup in 2015, England have won 20 of their last 21 matches and under Eddie Jones have climbed to second in the world rankings -second to world champions New Zealand.
Brown, who previously worked as the RFU’s chief financial officer for six years, takes over an economically powerful governing body who last year turned over a record £407 million (€460 million).
“We want to be the strongest country for rugby across the globe,” Brown told the BBC. “I don’t think there’s an excuse not to be that.
“We may have been a bit modest in the past, but we are very clear and very open that we want to win.
“We potentially have the best rugby opportunity in the world and we need to make the most of that.
“We want to win and we want to win everything we’re involved in — not just the men’s team but the women too and with every team we have.
“It’s my job to make sure we deliver on that promise.”
Brown echoed Jones’s who said that “everything is geared up around winning” the next World Cup in Japan in 2019.