The NRFF (Nigeria Rugby Football FederationBoard) has congratulated Sir Bill Beaumont for ‘winning’ another term as World Rugby Chairman. Ex-England skipper Beaumont defeated his former deputy, ex-Argentina skipper Agustin Pichot, by 28 votes to 23 last weekend.
NRFF President Mbagwu Kelechukwu says that the good work he had begun after taking office four years ago should be done with Beaumont’s term. “Chairman, I would like to congratulate the whole brotherhood of Rugby in Nigeria for their unfailing support. The Rugby World offered you another word because you know you are going to step in the right direction.”
“When you begin your second term in office, we are optimistic that you are continuing to build Rugby into a global sport of choice, which transcends all kinds of barriers, such as race, geography, politics and religion,” he added.
The new Executive Committee will comprise of:
|Sir Bill Beaumont (Chairman)|
|Bernard Laporte (Vice-Chairman)|
|Brett Gosper (Chief Executive)|
|Angela Ruggiero (Independent)|
|Lord Mervyn Davies (Independent)|
|Mark Alexander (South African Rugby Union)|
|Khaled Babbou (Rugby Africa)|
|Bart Campbell (New Zealand Rugby)|
|Gareth Davies (Welsh Rugby Union)|
|John Jeffrey (Scottish Rugby)|
|Bob Latham (USA Rugby) and|
|Brett Robinson (Rugby Australia)|
As well as the president, Mark Alexandri (Chairman of the South African Rugby Union) and Kaled Babbou (President: Rugby Africa), Africa is present in the new World Rugby Executive Committee. All the members were ‘elected’ without opposition from the Executive Committee.
It also took Mbagwu time to pay special respects to the President for Rugby Africa; the Chairman for Rugby Khaled Babbou and South Africa; the role of World Rugby EXCO Mark Alexander. The oil that powers the working relationship between world rugby and other continental bodies may be the unity of intent and dream of concerted effort to achieve the common good of Rugby.
Data Source: Nigeria Rugby Football Federation (NRFF).