IRB Council defer vote on next chairman
October 19, 2011
Current IRB chairman Bernard Lapasset is hoping to secure a second term © Getty Images
The International Rugby Board Council have decided to defer the election of their next chairman until December.
The result of the vote was expected today with with reports suggesting support was split between the two candidates - current chairman Bernard Lapasset and vice chairman Bill Beaumont. But the Council passed a resolution at its meeting in Auckland to defer the vote until after the completion of Rugby World Cup 2011.
An election must be held before January 1, 2012 when the current mandate of Lapasset expires. In a statement, the IRB said: "The decision was taken after a resolution was passed to defer the vote until after the completion of Rugby World Cup 2011.
"Both candidates (Lapasset and Beaumont) and Council were in agreement that in future the election of chairman should not take place during Rugby World Cup, but should take place at the IRB annual meeting of Council in the year following rugby's showcase tournament."
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