World Rugby needs to change voting system

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Following the recent elections of the Chair position at World Rugby, won by the incumbent Sir Bill Beaumont, some obvious flaws in the voting system were raised. Robert Rees takes a look at why the system must change in the future to ensure a fairer result and equity across the member unions.  Unbalanced voting system […] READ MORE


Bill Beaumont addresses media following election victory

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Bill Beaumont has addressed the media following his successful re-election as the Chair of World Rugby. He discussed improvements to the women’s game, the global season, broadcasting and Sevens as a driver for popularity. Robert Rees brings you the full interview. Bill Beaumont – The opening address “I’d like to express my thanks to the […] READ MORE


Bill Beaumont wins World Rugby Chairman election

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Bill Beaumont has overcome Agustin Pichot to retain his role as the Chair of World Rugby. The term is for another four years and the results were called 10 days earlier than originally planned.  Bill Beaumont retains power Bill Beaumont has retained his spot as Chair of World Rugby after winning the election 28-23, with […] READ MORE


WRU back Bill Beaumont for World Rugby Chairman

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With the votes in, but not publicly confirmed, for the World Rugby Chairman candidacy the WRU and its Chairman Gareth Davies have shown their support for the incumbent Bill Beaumont.  Robert Rees brings you the latest from the Welsh camp. WRU backs Beaumont The official votes will be announced on May 12, but the WRU […] READ MORE


Old hand vs young hotshot; World Rugby Chairman role

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There is now a contest for the World Rugby Chairman role, with Agustín Pichot entering the ring. It means that incumbent Chair Bill Beaumont must ‘see off the young hotshot’ if he wishes to retain command of the governing body. The positions of Chairman and Vice-Chairman will be determined at the annual meeting of the […] READ MORE


World Rugby confirms election candidates

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World Rugby has confirmed the nominations for the positions of Chairman and Vice-Chairman, which will be determined at the annual meeting of Council on 12 May, 2020. In accordance with the World Rugby Bye-Laws, member unions were invited to submit nominations for the position of World Rugby Chairman and/or Vice-Chairman by the closing date of […] READ MORE


Statements made on proposed World League of Rugby

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Unless you have been smothered in the middle of a ruck, the rugby world has been enthralled by the conversation over the proposed World League of Rugby. It has saturated sports news, and especially social media. The reaction from administrations, stakeholders – which includes national organizations and the players – are all adding their voice […] READ MORE


Arise, Sir Bill Beaumont

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Bill Beaumont is set to join Sir Clive Woodward and Sir Ian McGheechan as rugby knights. He has been announced in the New Year’s honours list for his services to rugby. Here at Last Word on Rugby, we have decided to pay tribute to the great man by charting his life and career in anticipation […] READ MORE


November 3rd International fixtures ‘thumb their nose’ at World Rugby

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It seems evident that the November the 3rd International fixtures that are coming up Saturday week, are ‘thumbing their noses’ at World Rugby. The moderators of the self-regulated International window which may see more players banned from the start of the International series. Late last week, Blade Thomson went from being selected for the Scotland […] READ MORE