Bill Beaumont elected World Rugby chairman

Dublin (AFP) –


Former England captain Bill Beaumont was on Wednesday elected as the new chairman of World Rugby, the global governing body announced.

Beaumont, 64, succeeds Bernard Lapasset and will work alongside newly elected vice-chairman Agustin Pichot, the former Argentina captain. Both men will officially take up their roles on July 1.

"Bill Beaumont and Agustin Pichot unanimously elected next @WorldRugby chairman and vice-chairman respectively. They take office from 1 July," World Rugby announced on Twitter.

The two men were due to address the media in Dublin later on Wednesday.