World Rugby elec­tion re­sult to­day - re­port

Fiji Sun - - SPORTS -

World Rugby could re­veal its next chair­man as early as to­day af­ter in­cum­bent Sir Bill Beau­mont and ri­val Agustin Pi­chot re­port­edly asked to bring the an­nounce­ment for­ward.

Vot­ing closed on Fri­day and the an­nounce­ment was orig­i­nally to be made on May 12.

But ac­cord­ing to the BBC, one of the can­di­dates has won a ma­jor­ity and Beau­mont and vicechair­man Pi­chot have agreed to bring the an­nounce­ment for­ward. Once that re­quest is cleared by the World Rugby coun­cil, the gov­ern­ing body will an­nounce who will lead the game for the next four years fol­low­ing an ex­tremely tight race. Each of World Rugby's 51 coun­cil mem­bers gets a vote, ex­clud­ing the chair­man, with 26 needed for a ma­jor­ity.

Beau­mont, a for­mer Eng­land skip­per, is re­garded as a nar­row favourite, with the back­ing of the Six Na­tions unions and

Rugby Eu­rope — a to­tal of 20 of the votes needed. How­ever, ex-Ar­gentina cap­tain Pi­chot's vow to shake-up the sport has earned him the sup­port of the SAN­ZAAR unions, as well as South Amer­ica and Asia.

Beau­mont's cam­paign was also mired in con­tro­versy when it emerged that Fiji Rugby Union chair­man Fran­cis Kean, who had sec­onded Beau­mont's nom­i­na­tion, had in the past be­ing con­victed of man­slaugh­ter.

With the North Amer­i­can votes thought to be split, the vote could be de­ter­mined by Ja­pan and Rugby Africa, the BBC re­ported.

It has re­sulted in one of the clos­est cam­paigns in the sport's his­tory and fol­low­ing the clos­ing of the vote, Beau­mont ac­knowl­edged ‘the pos­i­tive and pas­sion­ate de­bate’ Pi­chot brought to the con­test.

"It's ig­nited constructi­ve dis­cus­sion about pri­or­i­ties that will strengthen the global game," Beau

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