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Scotland haven't won Six Nations for ages but their man is the new tournament chairman

Former Scotland international John Jeffrey has been elected chairman of the Six Nations Council for a three-year term. He takes over from Pat Whelan, the former Ireland hooker, who had been chairman since April 2016. Jeffrey is the first Scottish chairman since Allan Hosie in the late 1990s/early 2000s.

Jeffrey hails from Kelso in the Scottish Borders and earned 40 caps for Scotland during his international career between 1984 and 1991. He was also selected for the British and Irish Lions in 1986 for their match against the Rest of the World and for the 1989 Tour to Australia.

He has been a member of the Six Nations Council since 2012. Jeffrey has also represented Scottish Rugby at World Rugby since 2010 where he sits on the EXCO (from 2016) and chairs the Rugby Committee (from 2013).

The former back row player has been a co-opted member of the Scottish Rugby Council since 2010, representing World Rugby and Six Nations.

Commenting on his appointment, Jeffrey, said: “It is a privilege to be elected Chairman of the Six Nations Council and to be involved in the development of Rugby’s Greatest Championship. I would like to take this opportunity to thank my predecessor Pat Whelan for his dedication over the last three years.”

Scottish Rugby president Dee Bradbury added: “This is an excellent appointment and I’m delighted for JJ to now be in this role.” He has represented Scotland with great integrity at a global and local level for many years and his insight and counsel have always been of value. I’d like to wish him well in his new role and am pleased we have a Scottish representative in such a key position.”

France’s FFR president Bernard Laporte was also elected vice-chairman of the Six Nations Council. 

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Scotland haven't won Six Nations for ages but their man is the new tournament chairman