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Pichot quits World Rugby Council after failed chairman bid

Agustin Pichot poses for a photo at 2019 World Rugby Awards in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Matt Roberts - World Rugby/World Rugby via Getty Images)

Former Argentina scrum-half Agustín Pichot has given up his position on the World Rugby Council after his recent defeat to Bill Beaumont in the election for chairman at rugby union’s world governing body.

Beaumont was re-elected for another four-year term after receiving 28 votes in the election. Pichot received 23.

The 45-year-old Pichot, who has been Beaumont’s vice-chairman for the past four years, said: “The only reason I have been a part of World Rugby to this day, and which in turn is the same one that has moved me to run for president, is the conviction that World Rugby needs change.

“But my proposal, which I fervently believe in, has not been chosen, and that is why I choose to step aside.

“I cannot conceive of occupying a place just for the sake of occupying it.”

Pichot has resigned as Americas Rugby president and as the representative of the Argentinian Rugby Union (UAR) on the Council.

Bernard Laporte, the president of the French Rugby Federation (FFR) was elected as Beaumont’s new vice-chairman.