19 Oct 2011

IRB delays election for Chairman

6:15 pm on 19 October 2011

The International Rugby Board Council has decided to defer the election of the Chairman and Vice Chairman positions until December.

An election must be held before January the 1st 2012 when the current mandate of Bernard Lapasset as Chairman and Bill Beaumont as Vice Chairman, expires.

This decision was made after a resolution was passed to defer the vote until after the completion of Rugby World Cup 2011.

Both candidates (Lapasset and Beaumont) and Council were in agreement that in future the election of Chairman should not take place during Rugby World Cup but should take place at the IRB Annual Meeting of Council in the year following Rugby's showcase tournament.