Agustin Pichot

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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(...)

Ireland’s Rory Best and Owen Farrell of England. The teams will face each other in the opening of the Six Nations at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin on Saturday. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Relegation from the Six Nations has been dismissed as “absolutely not on the agenda” by tournament organisers despite ongoing talks over the significa(...)

Under Agustin Pichot’s proposal, the League of Nations would bring the Autumn internationals, summer tours, the Six Nations and the Rugby Championship together into one annual league.

Tills at the ready. Next weekend the annual jamboree that is the Guinness Six Nations – and the golden goose of the European game which generates ove(...)

 Johnny Sexton is engulfed by his teammates after scoring the winning  drop goal in Paris. Photograph:  Getty Images

The clock has passed the 77 minute mark. Ireland trail France by 13-12 and their goose looks cooked. Anthony Belleau is lining up a kickable penalty a(...)

Joey Carbery and Kieran Marmion will look forward to gaining valuable international game time in their respective positions over the next month. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

When World Rugby’s vice-chairman Agustin Pichot and CEO Brett Gosper recently described non-tournament Tests as “friendlies”, it was a decidedly disin(...)

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