England is one of the top rugby playing nations in the world. England has won one Rugby World Cup as well as winning multiple Six Nations.
Francis Baron has voiced concerns that the current crisis engulfing the RFU could threaten England's hosting of the 2015 Rugby World Cup.
The RFU have assured Sport England that they are fully committed to their existing agreement despite the crisis within the governing body.
Sir Clive Woodward has urged the Rugby Football Union to put off-field problems behind them ahead of the World Cup.
The Rugby Football Union could lose another key figure after it emerged chief disciplinary officer Jeff Blackett is considering his position.
The RFU's acting chief executive Martyn Thomas has opened the way for Martin Johnson to continue as England manager beyond the World Cup.
Acting RFU chairman Paul Murphy believes the Blackett Review has offered "clear recommendations" for those in Twickenham's corridors of power.
Martyn Thomas insisted the Rugby Football Union had not sent out "a message of doom and gloom" despite enduring another difficult day.
It is understood that Martyn Thomas has stepped down as chairman of the Rugby Football Union.
The RFU's 58-man council gathered at Twickenham on Sunday for a breakfast meeting which could plunge the governing body into fresh turmoil.
World Cup winner Jason Robinson has announced his retirement from rugby for the second and, he insists, final time.
England Under-20 fly-half George Ford has been nominated for the IRB's junior player of the year award.
England number eight Nick Easter believes the staging of the Tri-Nations will given northern hemisphere teams an advantage at the World Cup.
Ben Youngs has undergone keyhole surgery on his left knee but is set to return in time for the last two of England's World Cup warm-up matches.
The Rugby Football Union on Wednesday night confirmed that Martyn Thomas will continue as acting chief executive until a new CEO is appointed.
England Under-20s finished runners-up in the Junior World Championships for the third time in four years after losing 33-22 to New Zealand.
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