World Rugby reelects Bill Beaumont as President

PARIS: former England captain Bill Beaumont has been re-elected as World rugby President beat the former Argentine captain Agustin Pichot , the governing body announced on Saturday.

Beaumont, 68, who campaigned on the promise to open up the sport, claimed 28 of the 51 votes to beat Pichot, 45, who planned to modernize the body and used the hashtag #GlobalGame on social media.

I am honored to accept the mandate of the World rugby The Council will once again be the President of the international federation and I would like to thank my trade union and regional colleagues, members of the world rugby family and, of course, my family for their full support," said Beaumont in a statement released by World rugby .

The announcement of the results was advanced from the original date of May 12 due to the fluidity of the voting process.

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Beaumont, who will have another four-year term, will join the head of the French Rugby Federation, Bernard Laporte, as its vice president.

The electoral process was overshadowed by the resignation of Fiji Rugby Union (RUF) President Francis Kean from the council of the world body after accusations of rampant homophobia.

Beaumont's bid was seconded by the Pacific Island union but World rugby stressed the former lock's nomination came from the FRU, rather than from Kean.