Agustin Pichot

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Ireland’s Bundee Aki in  action against Wales at the Aviva Stadium on September 7th. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Jean Kleyn’s inclusion in the World Cup squad may have revived the debate, but for some reason Bundee Aki’s presence in the Irish team seems to cop mo(...)

Agustin Pichot: “If I was Devin Toner . . . I will be asking WR for answers. I feel sorry for him; nothing against  who was properly selected for the RWC19 by the way. But feel that way.” Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Joe Schmidt has dismissed the opinions of the high-profile World Rugby vice -president Agustin Pichot as irrelevant after the former Pumas scrumhalf s(...)

World Rugby vice-chairman  Agustin Pichot. Photograph:   Andrew Redington/Getty Images

World Rugby vice-chairman Agustin Pichot thinks Devin Toner should be asking the governing body “for answers” following his exclusion from Ireland’s W(...)

Ian McKinley has missed out on a place in Italy’s squad for the Rugby World Cup. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Ian McKinley has lost out in the numbers game for Italy’s World Cup squad with head coach Conor O’Shea deciding to take just two outhalves among his 3(...)

Johnny Sexton of Ireland is tackled by Kieran Read of New Zealand. Both players emphatically rejected proposal of a new World League.  Photograph:  Phil Walter/Getty Images

The system, quite clearly, is broken. What’s blindingly obvious is the need to establish a global calendar before any World League and lucrative broa(...)

Agustin Pichot: World Rugby’s vice-president has his work cut out if he is to persuade nations and elite players to buy into the World League concept as it is currently being presented.  Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

In its eagerness to bring a 12-country World League into being, World Rugby has probably managed to antagonise many of its key stakeholders, with the (...)

Ireland’s Jacob Stockdale scoring against the All Blacks last November. Under the new World League proposals, Ireland would face each of the Rugby Championship countries at least once every year. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Reports suggesting a World Rugby League has been agreed by all 12 participating countries and will begin in 2020 are liable to prove premature. Whatev(...)

Daniel Leo in action for Samoa against South Africa during  the 2011 World Cup in Auckland. Photograph: Gabriel Bouys/AFP/Getty

The Pacific Island nations should boycott the World Cup if plans to exclude Fiji, Samoa and Tonga from the 12-team Nations League are ratified by rugb(...)

What’s happening? The best rugby players on the planet - with Johnny Sexton and All Blacks captain Kieran Read at the vanguard - have drawn a line in(...)

 Saracens players run onto the pitch for a  Premiership Rugby Cup semi-final against Worcester Warriors.  CVC Capital Partners  recently secured a 27 per cent stake in Premiership Rugby Limited.  Photograph: Alex Livesey/Getty

CVC Capital Partners – the private equity firm who recently secured a 27 per cent stake in Premiership Rugby Limited – are one of several such firms w(...)

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