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The Regional Academies were initially funded by Sport England and the RFU and were supplemented by club investment. Now Academy programmes are funded by the RFU and the club in partnership. The club contracts the Regional Academy staff and the RFU works with and alongside them.
Currently the RFU invests £2.5million in the Academy programme each year.
In rugby union, at the 1987 World Cup, 62 per cent of the players were state educated. By 2007 that had dropped to 36 per cent.
“Being state educated makes it about 13 times less likely that you will play for England,” Smith concludes of cricket. “That really is a waste of talent.”