Claims had circulated that Chairman Bill Beaumont and his Vice Bernard Laporte were involved in bribery and corruption ahead of the elections which World Rugby has categorically refuted.
Pacific Rugby Players Welfare compiled and released a report on Thursday claiming that the Fiji Rugby Union struck a deal to back the tickets of Bill Beaumont and Bernard Laporte, in exchange for France hosting a Test against Fiji every year.
As a response, the rugby governing body has come out with a statement stating that Bill Beaumont was elected into office following all guidelines.
“World Rugby strongly refutes unsubstantiated and erroneous claims made by Pacific Rugby Players Welfare and their CEO Dan Leo regarding voting influence within the international federation’s recent election process and other governance matters,” the statement states.
“World Rugby is completely satisfied that the 2020 chairperson election was undertaken in accordance with a robust process with Sir Bill Beaumont elected in a fair and appropriate manner.”
World Rugby States Elections Were In Accordance With a Robust Process
“World Rugby is an advocate of the promotion of best-practice governance structures in sport as evidenced by the recently published ASOIF report on sports governance which has independently reviewed the Rugby body’s governance and ranked the body as a top-performing federation.”
“Reflecting this commitment, World Rugby continually reviews its decision-making structures and is currently undertaking a governance review which is being independently chaired by Sir Hugh Robertson and features player representatives appointed by International Rugby Players on the working group. The review scope includes examining criteria for a fit and proper person test for elected members.”
“Furthermore, World Rugby only recognizes International Rugby Players as the global representative body for players. Within its structures, players from the Pacific Islands are represented via Pacific Rugby Players.”
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