FOR rugby democracy, as Argentina gains representation on World Rugby’s executive committee, and there could hardly be a more popular choice of representative than Agustin Pichot.
The former scrum-half, who led the Pumas to their first World Cup semi-final at a tournament they began and ended by beating hosts France, in 2007, to finish in third place, just as they are hoping to do this time around, replaces Irishman Peter Boyle, offering a further indication that the sport is opening up beyond the control of the original eight International Rugby Board members: Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, England, France, Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
As President of the Pan American Rugby Association he has already had considerable influence on the development of the sport as a driving force behind Argentina’s improvement, including pushing for their inclusion in The Rugby Championship and the introduction of an Argentinian franchise in Super Rugby.
“I am honoured and delighted to be representing Argentina and the global rugby family at this exciting and critical time for our sport,” he said of his election to what is effectively the board of rugby’s global governing body.
“With Olympic Games in Rio and Tokyo, and a first Rugby World Cup in Asia to look forward to over the next four years, I am looking forward to playing my full part in promoting and protecting rugby across all nations.”