The Official Online RBS 6 Nations Store is open. The store has everything you need to get behind your team during the RBS 6 Nations, plus the store is now fully stocked with a much wider range of rugby merchandise.
This week the stadia and schedule for the 2015 World Cup was announced and Ritchie makes little secret of the fact England are looking to exploit home advantage to the full and they will play all but one of their tournament matches at Twickenham.
And citing the atmosphere in the Millennium Stadium when England were humbled by their Welsh counterparts, Ritchie has called on Stuart Lancaster’s side to turn Twickenham into a fortress.
“The defeat in Wales was a wake-up call for us all,” said Ritchie.
“I want us to replicate the sort of atmosphere that we saw that day in Cardiff and which proved so powerful.
“It’s fair comment to say that we will all be judged on what happens in 2015. We need to deliver. In terms of the investment and preparation for Stuart and the team there are no excuses.
“It is very clear that England are the hosts for this tournament and that we are out to maximise home advantage.
“We need to build Twickenham into a fortress and that is one reason why we won’t be taking games on the road before the event. Twickenham is the home of English rugby and we want everyone to get behind England in the run-up to the World Cup.”