World Rugby elects former England captain “Bill Beaumont” as chairman

Former England captain Bill Beaumont has been elected chairman of rugby union’s international governing body, World Rugby.

The 64-year-old Rugby Football Union chairman was the unanimous choice of the World Rugby board, with ex-Argentina international Agustin Pichot taking the role of vice-chairman.

The pair begin their tenure on 1 July.

Beaumont captained England to the grand slam in 1980 and led the Lions tour of South Africa that same year.

Pichot, 41, won 71 caps at scrum-half for Argentina before retiring from playing in 2009.

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