New World Rugby vice-chairman Bernard Laporte begs Agustin Pichot not to walk away from the sport after election loss due to two final swing voters, Africa and Japan, pledging their support to Beaumont
- Bernard Laporte has pleaded with Agustin Pichot to stay after election defeat
- The vote was close, 28-23, after Africa and Japan, pledged to support Beaumont
- Laporte says Pichot is unhappy about the politics of Bill, calling him passionate
New World Rugby vice-chairman Bernard Laporte has pleaded with Agustin Pichot not to walk away from the sport after his narrow election defeat.
Pichot was painted as the revolutionary in his leadership bid against Laporte and chairman Sir Bill Beaumont but lost by a slim margin of five votes.
The Argentine is now considering his future but the newly-appointed governance team want him to take up another position in rugby.
Bernard Laporte has pleaded with Agustin Pichot to stay after frustrating 28-23 election defeat
Laporte says Pichot is angry about the politics of Bill but insists World Rugby needs his passion
‘I have a good relationship with Agustin and we need men with energy and passion to continue in rugby,’ Laporte told Sportsmail. ‘He was not happy about the politics of Bill but this is democracy. The vote was close — 28-23 — and we have to analyse this. Pichot is a great man and we have to learn from him.’
Pichot lost the election after the two final swing voters, Africa and Japan, pledged their support to Beaumont.
Reports on the Nikkei Rugby website yesterday claimed that Beaumont promised to promote Japan from ‘tier one’ to ‘tier two’ status as part of his election pledge.
Leicester yesterday announced a clear-out of players including hooker Tatafu Polota-Nau
Meanwhile Leicester yesterday announced a clear-out of players including Australia hooker Tatafu Polota-Nau and lock Will Spencer.
Gaston Cortes, Owen Hills, Sione Kalamafoni, Guy Thompson, Adam Thompstone, EW Viljoen, Joe Thomas, Jonah Holmes, Jonny May and coach Phil Blake will also move on.
Head coach Geordan Murphy will switch to the director of rugby role when Steve Borthwick steps into Murphy’s position.