English Rugby
Blackett promises thorough inquiry
ESPNscrum Staff
June 12, 2011

The Rugby Football Union's chief disciplinary officer Jeff Blackett has vowed not to leave "any stone unturned" when he conducts an inquiry into John Steele's dramatic sacking as chief executive.

The RFU Council tasked Blackett with carrying out an investigation into the damaging Steele debacle in the wake of his exit from the union on Friday. He will also recommend changes to ensure that the RFU will be governed more effectively and efficiently in future.

"I will not be leaving any stone unturned," Blackett told the Observer. "I will be looking into what happened and how we could have done things better. This cannot happen again. I will consider how governance could be improved and the introduction of an independent non-executive director is part of that. I will get to the truth of this and report back to the council. It will be a warts and all account."

The newspaper reports that Twickenham agreed earlier this year to appoint a non-executive director to smooth the relationship between the elected members and the executives who run union. Steele, who left after just nine months in his post, wanted to appoint someone with a sporting background but the RFU chairman, Martyn Thomas, wanted a figure from the City.

"John was keen on getting someone from the Olympic environment but I felt we needed someone from the City, with financial expertise," Thomas revealed. "We will be posting some big financial losses in the next few days. That has nothing to do with John but reflects where we are in the wretched four-year cycle with the World Cup coming up."

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