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Ritchie says 2nd place 'not acceptable'

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LONDON (AP) The head of English rugby says the national team's latest runner-up finish in the Six Nations is "not acceptable" and rejected excuses that the side is still in a development phase under coach Stuart Lancaster.

England lost out to Ireland on points difference in a thrilling finale to the 2015 championship on Saturday, finishing second for a fourth straight year.

Ian Ritchie, chief executive of the Rugby Football Union, says "we are not happy with how that came about" and that "we should be, as a country, winning more in terms of Grand Slams, Six Nations championships, other things."

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