Rugby: Argentinian great Agustin Pichot to run for head of World Rugby

Agustin Pichot
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Argentinian legend Agustin Pichot has shocked the rugby world with a late bid to challenge Sir Bill Beaumont as the World Rugby chairman.

Pichot has promised to modernise the game and has proposed an action plan.

The 45-year-old believes the coronavirus pandemic will force a change in the sport and has built his blueprint around the Nations Championship, according to the Daily Mail.

"It is a critical time and a critical election," Pichot told the Daily Mail on Sunday.

"I have a different vision of the game to Bill. I'm not saying mine is better than his and I don't have a bad word to say against him, but we think differently."

"Our sport has to adjust to the modern way. It's not about anarchy. It's about modern, equal, professional democracy," Pichot told the UK outlet.

"We need solidarity and certainty in times of crisis. The system does not trust World Rugby… that's the reality. We have let politics get inside the organisation and that's not good. I have been a part of it and I should have pushed harder for a fairer system."

The concept of the Nations Championship would be an annual competition between the top 12 teams from both hemispheres.

He also hinted at an updated game to play on Playstation and Xbox.

"Rugby is old-fashioned in terms of technology," said Pichot. "I see my kids today and realise the importance of e-sports for the new generations. They play Fortnite, League of Legends, and Fifa. All of the established sports markets are connected with digital games and that is a huge means of attracting a younger audience. Fifa 2020, NBA 2K20, NFL Madden.

"Rugby hasn't had a decent game since Jonah Lomu Rugby in 1995."