Wales were only Six Nations side to give a courtesy reply to Agustin Pichot

Agustín Pichot (in picture) has challenged Sir Bill Beaumont in the election for World Rugby chairman
Agustín Pichot (in picture) has challenged Sir Bill Beaumont in the election for World Rugby chairman
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Former Argentina international Agustin Pichot revealed that Wales were the only Six Nations side to reply to his email as he bids to contest in the election for World Rugby chairman next month.

The current vice-chairman of World Rugby has challenged Sir Bill Beaumont for the top role and has sent proposals to each union outlining the changes he would bring if they vote for him.

The 45-year-old already has the support of SANZAAR countries and is now hoping for a breakthrough among the Six Nations side but Pichot revealed that he had not received a proper feedback from the Six Nations sides except for Wales.

"I would like to talk to each individual union," Pichot told the Daily Mail.

"I sent a personal note to every country and I haven't had any replies from some of the CEOs.

"I only received one email asking me about the future of the game from the Six Nations unions — that was Wales — and I think that's poor. Every CEO should be responsible for learning what is best for the game, even if they don't support you"

Pichot also stated that he is planning to take the British and Irish Lions to a global stage if he is elected.

Currently, the Lions play New Zealand, South Africa and Australia on a four-year cycle but Pichot believes the concept can be made popular on other countries as well.

“People think I don’t like tradition, but I speak to Lions players like Brian O’Driscoll and it’s a great product,” Pichot added.

“I love it. There is still room for the Lions. It is a traditional thing but we can still add a modern look to it.

“I would use the Lions on a more worldwide scale. I would like to see that brand travel even further.

“They would be very popular in North and South America but that’s a conversation to have with the CEO of the Lions.”

 
 
 
 

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