Argentinian legend Agustin Pichot has just spiced up the World Rugby chairman race after making a late bid for the position, challenging Sir Bill Beaumont.
Agustin Pichot, who is currently Vice-chairman, was the former captain of the Argentinian rugby national team, retiring in 2008 after making 71 appearances for the national squad.
The 45-year old vice-chairman believes that the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic will be the perfect time for rugby to evolve as it adapts to the aftermath left in the wake of the pandemic.
The World Rugby Chairman told Daily Mail that:
“It is a critical time and a critical election,”
“I have a different vision of the game to Bill. I’m not saying mine is better than his and I don’t have a bad word to say against him, but we think differently.”
“Our sport has to adjust to the modern way. It’s not about anarchy. It’s about modern, equal, professional democracy,”
“We need solidarity and certainty in times of crisis. The system does not trust World Rugby… that’s the reality. We have let politics get inside the organisation and that’s not good. I have been a part of it and I should have pushed harder for a fairer system.”
His campaign against Sir Bill Beaumont will be centred on changing the current format of World Rugby by introducing the National Championship which will be would be introduced as an annual competition between 12 countries from around the world.
He is also looking to improve rugby’s status in the gaming world by releasing a newer, and updated version that will be able to compete with current games in the world of e-sports.
He went on to add:
“Rugby is old-fashioned in terms of technology,”
“I see my kids today and realise the importance of e-sports for the new generations. They play Fortnite, League of Legends, and Fifa. All of the established sports markets are connected with digital games and that is a huge means of attracting a younger audience. Fifa 2020, NBA 2K20, NFL Madden.”
“Rugby hasn’t had a decent game since Jonah Lomu Rugby in 1995.”