68-year-old Englishman reached majority by beating his only challenger, Argentinian Agustin Pichot, by 28 votes to 23. French rugby president Bernard Laporte, unopposed, moved into the vacant vice president position of Pichot.
“I am honored to accept the mandate of the World Rugby Council to serve again as president of the international federation and I thank my colleagues in the Union and the region, members of the world rugby family and, of course, my family for their full support. “, Beaumont was quoted by the World Rugby website.
“I would like to thank Gus for his friendship and support over the past four years,” he continued.
“Although we opposed this campaign, we have aligned ourselves in many ways, and I have the utmost respect for him. Gus is passionate about sport and his contribution has been important.”
“I said to Bill, ‘I can’t go on for four more years just sitting in first class flight and going to royal lodges.
Beaumont, for his part, focused on the governance of rugby, the reform of the world season, women’s football, the well-being of the players and the financial policy of World Rugby.
He won and will therefore continue to play his role for another four years, beginning his second passage in the middle of the coronavirus which has put an end to most sports.
“As an organization, we must lead, be transparent, accountable and continue to serve everyone,” said Beaumont. “We must be united in our desire to make this great sport even better, simpler, safer and more accessible. We must listen to the players, the fans, the competitions, our unions and our regions, and make decisions that are within the best interest of all with our strong values in the foreground.
“Now is not the time to celebrate. We have work to do. We are tackling COVID-19 and must implement an appropriate return to rugby strategy that prioritizes player well-being while optimizing any opportunity to return to international rugby this year in full collaboration with club competitions for the benefit of players, fans and the overall financial health of the sport. “