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World Rugby governance review to be led by BOA chairman Sir Hugh Robertson

The appointment has been announced within 24 hours of Sir Bill Beaumont being re-elected as World Rugby chairman.

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Sir Hugh Robertson will review World Rugby’s governance (Steven Paston/PA)

Sir Hugh Robertson will review World Rugby’s governance (Steven Paston/PA)

Sir Hugh Robertson will review World Rugby’s governance (Steven Paston/PA)

British Olympic Association chairman Sir Hugh Robertson has been selected to lead an independent governance review of World Rugby.

The appointment has been announced within 24 hours of Sir Bill Beaumont being re-elected as World Rugby chairman.

Former Conservative MP Robertson was previously sports minister during the London Olympic Games.

Beaumont said in a virtual media conference: “I am fully committed to undertaking a wide-changing governance review and I am quite happy to announce that Sir Hugh Robertson will chair that governance committee.”

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Sir Bill Beaumont has been re-elected for another four years (PA)

Sir Bill Beaumont has been re-elected for another four years (PA)

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Sir Bill Beaumont has been re-elected for another four years (PA)

The former England captain pledged to revisit plans for an annual global international competition, which were dropped last year and were heavily backed by his challenger and former vice-chairman Agustin Pichot.

Beaumont said: “We will also be looking at the global season, maybe looking again at a variation of the Nations Championship, that was one of the big regrets that I wasn’t able to put away. But we have learned from that experience.

“Out of that, we need to take more heed of the players. I am committed to getting the players involved in any decision that we make.”

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