The 68-year-old British man won a majority by defeating his challenger, Agustin Pichot of Argentina, with votes 28 to 23. French Rugby President Bernard Laporte, who ran without a rival, moved to the vacant deputy chairman position of Pichot.
“I am honored to accept the World Rugby Council’s mandate to serve as Chair of the international federation once again and would like to thank my union and regional colleagues, members of the global rugby family and, of course, my family for their full support,” Beaumont was quoted as saying by the Rugby World website.
“I want to thank Gus for his friendship and support for the past four years,” he continued.
“While we stand against each other in this campaign, we are united in many ways, and I really respect him. Gus is very passionate about sports and his contribution has been significant.”
“I said to Bill, ‘I can’t continue for four more years just sitting flying in first grade and going to the royal box.'”
Beaumont, meanwhile, focused on rugby government, reforming the global season, women’s games, player welfare and World Rugby’s financial policies.
He won and thus will continue his role for another four years, starting his second time in the midst of a coronavirus that has killed most of the sports world.
“As an organization, we must lead, be transparent, be accountable, and continue to serve for all,” Beaumont said. “We must unite in our efforts to make this great sport better, simpler, safer and more accessible. We must listen to our players, fans, competitions, trade unions and territories, and make decisions that are in the interest best of all people with our strong values going forward.
“Now is not the time for celebration. We have work to do. We handle COVID-19 and must implement an appropriate return-to-rugby strategy that prioritizes the welfare of players, while optimizing every opportunity to return to international rugby this year in full collaboration with club competition for the good of the players, fans and overall financial health of this sport. “