Bernard Laporte

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World Rugby vice-chairman Bernard Laporte. Photograph: Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images

CVC Capital Partners will acquire a 14.5 per cent stake in the Six Nations, World Rugby vice-chairman Bernard Laporte has confirmed. Midi Olympique (...)

Professional sport could return behind closed doors in England from June 1st, the UK Government has announced. Photograph: PA

An escalating club versus country row intensified in England and France on Monday with Premiership Rugby and Top 14 demanding a say in any changes to (...)

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(...)

World Rugby chairman Bill Beaumont is seeking a second term, going against challenger  Agustín Pichot. Photograph: Jason O’Brien/Getty Images

Rugby, like all sports, is feeling utterly powerless right now as it waits to see how it might eventually one day be able to respond to the loosening (...)

James Cronin in action for Munster against Racing 92 at Thomond Park during last November’s Champions Cup game. Photograph:  Tommy Dickson/Inpho

To paraphrase Hunter Thompson ‘We had just finished the warm-up when the prednisolone began to take hold.’ Time to play. Pain free. Where had we hea(...)

World Rugby chairman Bill Beaumont  is being challenged by present vice-chairman  Agustín Pichot. Photograph: Toshifumi Kitamura/AFP via Getty Images

On Sunday, World Rugby will elect its chairman for the next four years. In the past, this event has held about as much interest for rugby people (...)

World Rugby chairman Bill Beaumont is being challenged by  vice-chairman Agustín Pichot in Sunday’s vote. Photograph:  Dave Rogers/World Rugby via Getty Images

There may be no more on-field rugby contests for the foreseeable future but a hugely significant match-up takes place on Sunday when the World Rugby C(...)

The French team face up to New Zealand as the latter perform the Haka before the dramatic World Cup quarter-final at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

2007 Rugby World Cup quarter-final: France 20 New Zealand 18 - Millennium Stadium, Cardiff This is tricky. To begin with, to be a fan or no(...)

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