Agustin Pichot has revealed the Welsh Rugby Union is the only organization from the Six Nations countries to reply to an email he sent, outlining his proposals for the game if he is elected chairman of World Rugby. Rugby fans can book British and Irish Lions Tour Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.
The former Argentine scrum-half is standing against ex-England skipper Bill Beaumont for the top job having served as his vice-chairman of the governing body. Entering the final week of campaigning, Beaumont and Pichot are lobbying to win the 11 remaining swing votes.
Pichot has the support of the SANZAAR unions, but he revealed to the Daily Mail his email proposals did not even receive a reply from five of the Six Nations unions.
“I would like to talk to each union,’ said Pichot. “I sent a personal note to every country and I haven’t had any replies from some of the CEOs.
“I only received one email asking me about the future of the game from the Six Nations unions that was Wales and I think that’s poor. Every CEO should be responsible for learning what is best for the game, even if they don’t support you.”
Part of Pichot’s plans to revolutionize the game is to go global with the British and Irish Lions if he becomes the new chairman of World Rugby next month. He would instigate talks about taking the Lions to the Americas as well as their traditional tours of South Africa, New Zealand, and Australia.
“People think I don’t like tradition, but I speak to Lions players like Brian O’Driscoll and it’s a great product,” said Pichot. “I love it. There is still room for the Lions. It is a traditional thing but we can still add a modern look to it.
“I would use the Lions on a more worldwide scale. I would like to see that brand travel even further. They would be very popular in North and South America but that’s a conversation to have with the CEO of the Lions.”
Crusaders to make redundancies as coronavirus crisis bites
Super Rugby giants the Crusaders have been forced into making staff redundant in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Stuff NZ report staff from several areas of the business have been told they will be let go.
While Crusaders CEO Colin Mansbridge would not specify which staff members would be let go, it’s understood those working in medical, academy, logistics and media liaison roles were most at risk of losing their positions.
Mansbridge said in a statement to Stuff that the Crusaders, like many organizations in New Zealand, were not immune to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Rugby fans can book British and Irish Lions Tour Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.
“Unfortunately, this has meant we have had to make changes to our operational model, which has impacted on the roles of some staff,” Mansbridge said. “We would, however, like to acknowledge the immense contribution to our club from these individuals. “This has been an incredibly painful and difficult process for those involved and we hope you will respect their privacy.”
World Rugby to investigate allegations against council member
World Rugby chiefs are poised to investigate newspaper allegations made against the chairman of the Fijian RU and council member Francis Kean. A report in the Sunday Times made allegations of “rampant homophobia” against Kean while he was in charge of the Fiji prison service.
“World Rugby notes allegations in the UK Sunday Times about Fiji Rugby union chairman Ratu Vilikesa Bulewa Francis Kean and takes the nature of these allegations extremely seriously,” said a World Rugby spokesman.
“Rugby is a sport built on strong and inclusive values and World Rugby does not in any way condone abusive or discriminatory behaviour as enshrined within its bylaws.
“It would be inappropriate to comment further until we have discussed the matter fully with the Fiji Rugby Union and have established all the facts.”
Kean was last week nominated for the World Rugby executive committee having been seconded last week by the French rugby federation, whose president Bernard Laporte is running mate to Bill Beaumont’s bid to be re-elected as chairman for a second term.
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