Beaumont re-elected as World Rugby chairman

by NDO03 May 2020 Last updated at 12:00 PM

World Rugby Chairman Bill Beaumont speaks. (Reuters)
World Rugby Chairman Bill Beaumont speaks. (Reuters)

VTV.vn - Bill Beaumont has been re-elected as World Rugby chairman after beating Argentine's Agustin Pichot in the first round of voting, the sport's governing body said on Saturday.

Englishman Beaumont prevailed by a 28-23 margin to secure a second consecutive four-year term. Frenchman Bernard Laporte, who was running unopposed, was elected vice-chairman.

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