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    Pichot to run for World Rugby chairman

    Yesterday at 11:20 AM International

    by Beth Newman

    Argentinian Test legend Agustin Pichot is set to challenge Bill Beaumont as World Rugby chairman in the upcoming elections.

    Pichot, who is currently the body's vice-chairman, on Sunday declared his intent to challenge Beaumont for the top job, which will be voted on at May's World Rugby Council meetings.

    The 71-Test Pumas scrumhalf announced the move on Twitter, with an accompanying statement calling for unity and a "long-term vision for a global game".

    "It is time to think of a sport where professional and commercial income is becoming a true benefit for all, by empowering rugby's growth around the world and by moving on from the time where those benefits were just for a few," the statement read.

    "The current crisis is an opportunity for the global realignment of our game.

    "We cannot miss it.

    "It is time to align our global calendar and our strategic intent to attract the sustainable investment we need, or risk falling back to individual handouts or grants in the absence of a long-term vision for a global game."

    Beaumont is bidding for a second term, opting to take France's Bernard Laporte as his candidate for the vice-chairmanship rather than Pichot.

    World Rugby elections have historically been fairly straightforward and Beaumont was initially expected to run unopposed after signalling his hopes for a second term.

    Outspoken Pichot has courted some controversy with his views and comments in recent years as World Rugby vice-chairman.

    The former Argentinian Test scrumhalf was the biggest driver in the development of the ultimately scrapped Nations Championship concept.

    Unable to get unanimous support for the international competition, the plans were ultimately scuppered last June but Pichot has spoken about his determination to revive the idea.

    One of his most debated moments was a tweet in which he listed the percentage of Test players playing in the November Tests born outside of the nation they represent.

    https://www.rugby.com.au/news/2020/0...bid-gus-pichot

    That tweet prompted some to call for his resignation at the time.

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    Current WR Council

    Chairman
    Bill Beaumont

    Vice-Chairman
    Agustín Pichot (Argentina)

    Argentina
    Sol Iglesias
    Marcelo Rodriguez

    Australia
    Raelene Castle
    Cameron Clyne
    Brett Robinson


    Canada
    Pat Parfrey

    England
    Deborah Griffin
    Bill Sweeney
    Jonathan Webb

    Fiji
    Francis Kean

    France
    Brigitte Jugla
    Bernard Laporte
    Serge Simon

    Georgia
    George Nijaradze

    Ireland
    Susan Carty
    John O’Driscoll
    Philip Orr

    Italy
    Alfredo Gavazzi
    Nino Sacca
    Susanna Vecchi

    Japan
    Kensuke Iwabuchi
    Naoko Saiki

    New Zealand
    Deb Robinson
    Mark Robinson
    To be appointed

    Romania
    Alin Petrache

    Samoa
    Tuilaepa S. L. Malielegaoi

    Scotland
    Mark Dodson
    John Jeffrey
    Lesley Thomson

    South Africa
    Mark Alexander
    Vanessa Doble
    Jurie Roux

    Uruguay
    Fernando de Posadas

    USA
    Bob Latham

    Wales
    Robert Butcher
    Gareth Davies
    Julie Paterson

    Asia Rugby
    Terence Khoo
    Ada Milby

    Oceania Rugby
    Richard Sapias
    Cathy Wong

    Rugby Africa
    Khaled Babbou
    Rolande Boro

    Rugby Americas North
    Dennis Dwyer
    Cristina Flores

    Rugby Europe
    Octavian Morariu
    Veronika Muehlhofer

    Sudamerica Rugby
    Claudia Betancur
    Sebastian Piñeyrua

    https://www.world.rugby/organisation/structure/council

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    Clyne was only voted on just recently (maybe 18 months or so ago?).

    Not sure how long the terms are but Clyne and Robinson should both bugger off NOW.

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    I wish Cathy Wong would nominate as Chair. A Fijian woman of extreme intelligence, indomitable strength and generosity, who took the Fijians to Olympic gold and continues to do amazing things for Oceania Rugby.

    That is a Chair who would get things done (and done right), would cut right through all the politics and bullshit in a no-nonsense yet very disarming way, and would breathe new life into the game. A leader who actually has proven leadership skills! Wow!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alison View Post
    ....That is a Chair who would get things done (and done right), would cut right through all the politics and bullshit in a no-nonsense yet very disarming way, and would breathe new life into the game. A leader who actually has proven leadership skills! Wow!
    So there's no way she'll get it, at least not at the moment. Maybe next century.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alison View Post
    Clyne was only voted on just recently (maybe 18 months or so ago?).

    Not sure how long the terms are but Clyne and Robinson should both bugger off NOW.
    Surely once they are sacked from their national unions they are automatically taken off the World Rugby panel. It must just be a typo

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