World Rugby chairman Bill Beaumont has confirmed his interest in running for a second term as the leader of the global game’s governing body. Beaumont has been the chairman of World Rugby since 2016 and the former England international will standup for re-election in May this year.
The 67-year-old has picked French Rugby Federation (FFR) president Bernard Laporte as his vice-chairman candidate to replace Agustin Pichot in the race.
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“Having consulted with my union and region colleagues and my family, I can confirm that I will be seeking re-election as World Rugby chairman at the council meeting in May,” Beaumont said in a statement released on Friday.
“I will be standing with Federation Francaise de Rugby president Bernard Laporte as my candidate for vice-chairman.
“Bernard is a great servant of the game and shares my vision for a strong, sustainable and inclusive game that provides even greater opportunity for expansion and growth.
“Serving the game is a privilege and while we have made great, game-changing progress over the last four years and accelerate into a new decade in excellent shape, there is much work to be done.”
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Beaumont set out his priorities, if re-elected, as strengthening “unions outside of the Six Nations and Rugby Championship” as well as women’s rugby, governance reform and boosting “the financial sustainability of the game”.
When elected Bill Beaumont’s second term as chairman would cover the next rugby union World Cup in France in 2023.