May 1, 2020 / 8:38 PM / a month ago

World Rugby election decision imminent - BBC

FILE PHOTO: World Rugby Chairman Bill Beaumont (R) and World Rugby Vice-Chairman Agustin Pichot attend a news conference after the Rugby World Cup 2019 pool draw at Kyoto State Guest House in Kyoto, Japan May 10, 2017. REUTERS/Issei Kato

LONDON (Reuters) - World Rugby could announce it’s next boss as early as Saturday with current chairman Bill Beaumont and vice-chairman Agustin Pichot favourites to land the role.

Voting closed on Thursday and the announcement was originally to be made on May 12.

According to the BBC, Beaumont, who has held the position since 2016, and Pichot have asked to bring the announcement forward after a desperately close campaign.

Former England captain Beaumont is regarded as narrow favourite although former Argentina skipper Pichot’s vow to shake-up the sport has earned him support of the southern hemisphere SANZAAR unions, as well as south America and Asia.

Each of World Rugby’s 51 Council members gets a vote, excluding the chairman, with 26 needed for a majority.

Reporting by Martyn Herman, editing by Pritha Sarkar

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