Beaumont insists he has no casting vote in World Rugby election

Ruben Hill
April 30, 2020

The FRU seconded Beaumont's bid to retain his place as chairman, but World Rugby stressed this did not come from Kean himself.

Beaumont is running against current vice-chairman Agustin Pichot for the top job and the vote has been predicted to be a tight one.

That may well be a different story if voting was open to the public, however, as fans have flocked to the support of Pichot in an online poll on RugbyPass' social media accounts.

Should the Six Nations votes go as expected, Beaumont would only need a further eight votes to retain his seat. and it's hard to see him not doing just that when one considers Romania (1), Georgia (1), US (1), Canada (1) and the regions of Europe (2), North/Central America (2) are all expected to put a "X" next to his name.

All votes in the election, which is being handled by PricewaterhouseCoopers, must be in by Thursday (April 30). Each of the national bodies that make up the Six Nations have three votes to use in the election.

The World Rugby chairman, who is bidding for a second term in the contest whose outcome is set to be announced next month, tweeted: "No casting vote in the chairman election, only if there had been an EXCO vote".

Laporte's solo run on a proposed Club World Cup ruffled feathers, while both men were left red-faced when the Fijian nominee for the Executive Council Francis Kean resigned after revelations of a controversial past and accusations of homophobia. Gareth Davies, the WRU president, confirmed the board's decision to back Beaumont in the WRU's latest status update released on Wednesday.

"We have spoken to both candidates and assessed their manifesto commitments in turn", said Davies. "We have digested the dynamic drive for change presented by Agustin and understood the commitment to progress but also stability and the steady hand provided by Bill", Davies continued.

"Some members of our board expressed direct support for Bill and others acceded to take their steer from those of us who are closest to the issues at play".

"If World Rugby don't commit to governance reforms, our next letter will be to the International Olympic Committee, asking that they consider suspending rugby as an Olympic sport until they are fully compliant with IOC obligations", Leo said.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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