Select Edition

Northern Northern
Southern Southern
World World
NZ NZ
Back

RugbyPass+

+

Welsh rugby enveloped in its latest existential crisis

As Wayne Pivac teeters on the edge of finding new gainful employment after a series of disappointing results, the wider-lens story tells of dysfunction and frustration

RugbyPass+ Home

Big-thinking Argentinian Agustin Pichot to run for World Rugby's top position

By Tom Vinicombe
(Getty Images/World Rugby via Getty Images)

One of the more outspoken and open governing figures from recent times, Argentina’s Agustin Pichot, has announced a bid to run for World Rugby chairman.

ADVERTISEMENT

Pichot, who earned 71 caps for the Pumas, has been serving as World Rugby’s vice-chairman since 2015.

The former halfback previously acted on the council for the Union Argentina de Rugby (UAR) and played a key role in integrating Argentina into SANZAAR and the Southern Hemisphere’s Rugby Championship competition.

Video Spacer

The lads on The Rugby Pod discuss the possibility of the Champions Cup being scrapped and replaced with a World Club competition.
Video Spacer
The lads on The Rugby Pod discuss the possibility of the Champions Cup being scrapped and replaced with a World Club competition.

Pichot announced his intentions on Twitter:

“It is time to think of a sport where professional and commercial income is becoming a true benefit for all, by empowering Rugby’s growth around the world and by moving on from the time where those benefits were for just a few,” Pichot’s accompanying statement said.

“It is time to align our global calendar and demonstrate our strategic intent to attract the sustainable investment we need.

ADVERTISEMENT

“It is time to change, to focus our attention, love and dedications to all Unions and federations equally.”

Pichot is widely considered one of the more progressive members of the World Rugby board. His sometimes contentious views are likely inspired by the fact that the traditional nations have typically dominated the decision-making at the highest level of the game.

The Argentinian played a large role in World Rugby moving from a three-year eligibility period for changing nationalities to a five-year period.

ADVERTISEMENT

Pichot caused controversy in the lead-up to last year’s World Cup when he publically lambasted the World Rugby rankings system after Wales climbed to the top of the ladder.

Following the 2019 tournament, a Pichot Tweet caused more controversy:

The public post indicated what percentage of each World Cup teams’ players were born outside their Test nation.

The Tweet drew enormous criticism, with many calling for Pichot to resign from his post as vice-chairman.

Pichot was also a huge supporter of the proposed Nations League concept which was floated last year, which would have seen a massive shake-up of the rugby calendar and introduced a greater number of games between Tier 1 and Tier 2 nations.

Bill Beaumont, the current World Rugby chairman, recently announced he would be standing for a second term as the head of the governing body with Federation Francaise de Rugby president Bernard Laporte as his running mate.

Beaumont’s four years in charge have not seen any radical changes at the highest level of the men’s game. However, a greater number of inter-Tier Test matches are on the calendar for the upcoming World Cup cycle and the women’s game is in a better position than ever before.

Pichot’s somewhat more extreme ideas could see significant changes in the game if he were elected.

Comments

Join free and tell us what you really think!

Join Free
ADVERTISEMENT
TRENDING
TRENDING World Rugby issue findings from Nic White incident probe World Rugby issue findings on Nic White HIA probe
Search