Possibility of no more international games this year - Sir Bill Beaumont

World Rugby chairman Sir Bill Beaumont
World Rugby chairman Sir Bill Beaumont
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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.”

 
 
 
 

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