Pichot bids to take World Rugby lead from Beaumont

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Agustin Pichot won 71 caps for Argentina before retiring in 2009

World Rugby vice-chairman Agustin Pichot says it is time to “redefine the future of rugby” after announcing his last-minute bid for the most powerful job in the sport.

The Argentine will challenge current chairman Bill Beaumont, who is standing for re-election, in next month’s vote.

Pichot, 45, sees the coronavirus crisis as an “opportunity for the global realignment” of the game.

“We cannot miss the opportunity,” said the former Pumas scrum-half.

“We all fight for and believe in a fair, equal and more inclusive world.

“It is time to make these dreams a reality for our sport.”

Since becoming vice-chairman in 2016, Pichot has been an outspoken critic of rugby union’s perceived inequity, with the likes of the pacific islands and other ‘tier-two’ nations blighted by their financial weakness and a lack of exposure.

“It is a critical time and a critical election,” Pichot said.