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Evolution vs Revolution - two very different men are fighting for the future of rugby

Ruaidhri O'Connor


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Agustin Pichot, left, and Bill Beaumont are competing to be elected World Rugby chairman. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Agustin Pichot, left, and Bill Beaumont are competing to be elected World Rugby chairman. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

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Agustin Pichot, left, and Bill Beaumont are competing to be elected World Rugby chairman. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

NO ONE expected the sporting void to be filled by the blazers, but here we are.

World Rugby are co-ordinating the effort to find fixture solutions for the post-pandemic world, but in the meantime they’re treating us to a battle for power between competing visions for the sport.

Sure, it’s not Leinster v Saracens at the Aviva Stadium, but there is plenty to get stuck into as vice-chairman Agustin Pichot challenges chairman Bill Beaumont for the top job.