International Rugby Board (IRB) Chairman Bernard Lapasset (pictured below) has been re-elected for a second consecutive term in office until 2016 by members of the IRB Council at its reconvened Interim Meeting in Los Angeles, USA, on Monday.
Frenchman Lapasset, who faced opposition from current Vice Chairman Bill Beaumont, secured a clear majority of 14-12 from the 26 members of the Council in the first round of voting.
South African Rugby Union President Oregan Hoskins was elected Vice Chairman after securing the Chairman’s casting vote following two rounds of voting which were tied 13-13. Beaumont also stood for re-election.
Lapasset and Hoskins will begin their term in office on January 1, 2012.
Lapasset has presided over Rugby’s return to the Olympic Games, Argentina’s inclusion in The Rugby Championship, a 10-year tours and Test schedule, the awarding of Rugby World Cup to an Asian country for the first time and an exceptional Rugby World Cup 2011 during his recent term.
SARU earlier clarified that Hoskins will remain in his position as SARU President should he be elected to the IRB board.
The new IRB Executive Committee (EXCO) will consist of:
Chairman Bernard Lapasset, Vice Chairman Oregan Hoskins, Chief Executive Mike Miller and elected representatives: Bill Beaumont (England), Tatsuzo Yabe (Japan), Giancarlo Dondi (Italy), Peter McGrath (Australia), Peter Boyle (Ireland), Graham Mourie (New Zealand) and Bob Latham (USA).
The EXCO will come into office for four years from January 1, 2012.