World Rugby chairman Sir Bill Beaumont admitted that there is a possibility that international rugby could be scrapped for the remainder of 2020 following the pandemic coronavirus.
Beaumont, who announced a short-term relief fund of US$100 million relief fund to help the unions combat the financial instability caused by the outbreak of COVID-19 which led to the suspension of a number of domestic competitions across the world.
"That is a distinct possibility," Beaumont told The Times. "The pressures on the unions are getting greater and greater."
Beaumont will now take on vice-chairman Agustin Pichot in the election for chairman of World Rugby next month with the latter backed by Sir Clive Woodward, who felt the governing body needs a young leader.
“What difference does the age make?," responded Beaumont to his former team-mate.
“I played my rugby always as an amateur. Does that mean I don’t understand the professional game?
“I am evolution, not revolution. I am bidding to show a lead to colleagues, to take colleagues with me. I intend to be a leader. And I think I have been in the past.”