Bernard Lapasset re-elected as IRB chairman
Updated: December 12, 2011, 20:02
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LOS ANGELES(AP) International Rugby Board chairman Bernard Lapasset was narrowly re-elected for a second term Monday, beating challenger and former England captain Bill Beaumont.
Lapasset received 14 votes compared to 12 for Beaumont, the former England captain who had served as the body's vice chairman, at a meeting of the IRB Council in Los Angeles.
Beaumont then also lost his position as vice chairman to South Africa Rugby Union president Oregan Hoskins in another close election. After two rounds of voting ended tied 13-13, Lapasset used his tiebreaking vote to elect Hoskins as his deputy.
Lapasset, of France, will begin his second four-year term on Jan. 1. He said the IRB's task in the upcoming term was to continue to take the game to new countries while balancing that expansion with financial discipline.
"We have fantastic opportunities to grow the game, to reach new markets and welcome new members to the rugby family,'' Lapasset said.
"Together we also have to address the issues that face our sport and many other sports, including the delivery of a robust financial model for sustainable growth for our unions, upholding our values, promoting the best possible welfare for our athletes and maintaining integrity.''
Beaumont will remain on the IRB executive committee, along with Lapasset, Hoskin and chief executive Mike Miller. The other representatives on the committee will be Tatsuzo Yabe (Japan), Giancarlo Dondi (Italy), Peter McGrath (Australia), Peter Boyle (Ireland), Graham Mourie (New Zealand) and Bob Latham (North America Caribbean Rugby Association).
It is the first time Japan and a regional association had been on the executive committee.