Agustin Pichot

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 Daniel Leo, the former Samoan lock: “I’ve been contacted by four or five high-profile players, in the prime of their careers, Wallabies and current All Blacks, who have said ‘My heart wants to play for my Pacific Island nation – when is that going to happen?’” Photograph: Philippe Lopez/AFP/Getty

Rugby is a cosy cartel. Always has been and recent events suggest it always will be. We are talking about the pandemic and about Bill Beaumont’s re-(...)

English RFU chief Bill Sweeney says rugby league’s experience could not be ignored. Photograph: Getty Images

English RFU chief Bill Sweeney has pointed to the success of rugby league to show that union could work as a summer sport. Sweeney is a member of the(...)

Argentina’s Hugo Porta in action with Ireland’s Kenny Murphy in 1990. ‘I have always felt in Ireland things are just that little bit more fun and the people are so lovely,’ says Porta. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Argentina’s greatest rugby player Hugo Porta is still directing operations beautifully, just not from outhalf. At 68 years old he is doing it off the (...)

 Agustin Pichot has announced his resignation from the World Rugby council. Photograph: PA

Agustin Pichot has announced his resignation from the World Rugby council in the wake of his defeat to Bill Beaumont in the election for World Rugby c(...)

There is a danger of the international game splitting unless the next few years spawn meaningful change and an end to self-interest. Photograph: Inpho

Bill Beaumont’s re-election as World Rugby’s chairman was not an end but a new beginning. The former England captain faced several hurdles as a player(...)

James Cronin in action for Munster against Saracens. Photograph: Oisín Keniry/Inpho

This is the worst time imaginable to have tested positive for a banned substance. There is no sport to turn the page. No arrival of cheating Saracens (...)

World Rugby chairman  Bill Beaumont has announced an investigation is underway into allegations of homophobia by Fiji Rugby Union chairman Francis Kean. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

World Rugby chairman Bill Beaumont has confirmed an investigation is underway into allegations of homophobia by Fiji Rugby Union chairman Francis Kean(...)

Rugby could have re-cast itself as a sport finally shaking off the chains of colonialism and old-world politics and daring to be something different. Photograph: Getty Images

Familiar English white smoke is once again billowing from the chimneys of World Rugby. Those who had hoped for a dash of Argentinian sky blue underest(...)

 Bill Beaumont has been re-elected as chairman of World Rugby. The 68-year-old fought off a challenge from his vice-chairman Agustin Pichot and will stay at the head of the governing body for the next four years. Photograph: PA

Bill Beaumont has been re-elected as the chairman of World Rugby. The former England captain fought off competition from Agustin Pichot to be re-elec(...)

 Former England captain Bill Beaumont was re-elected as World Rugby chairman beating ex-Argentina skipper Agustin Pichot, the governing body announced on Saturday. Photograph: Getty Images

Bill Beaumont has been re-elected as World Rugby’s chairman for another four years after overcoming Agustín Pichot in a closely fought election. The f(...)

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