The Argentine Rugby Union has announced that Agustín Pichot has decided to resign from his representation of ARU at World Rugby.
Pichot has stepped down from his role on the World Rugby Council and as president of Américas Rugby. The former Los Pumas halfback has thrown in the towel following his defeat to Bill Beaumont in the vote for the next World Rugby chairman role.
“As of today, I have decided not to continue as a UAR representative on the World Rugby Council, nor as a member of the RWC Board, nor as president of Americas Rugby. Needless to say, I am very grateful for the responsibility and trust that has been given to me during all this time ”. Pichot said in a statement confirming his resignation.
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La Unión Argentina de Rugby comunica que Agustín Pichot ha decidido renunciar a la representación que ejercía de la UAR en el Council de World Rugby, en el Board de Rugby World Cup y como presidente de Américas Rugby.
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“The only reason I have been a part of World Rugby to this day, and which in turn is the same one that has moved me to run for President, is the conviction that World Rugby needs change. But my proposal, which I strongly believe in, has not been chosen, and that is why I choose to step aside. I cannot conceive of occupying a place just for the sake of occupying it ”. he added.
“Although I will now be exclusively dedicated to family and personal issues, this does not mean that I am moving away from Rugby. I will always contribute, from the place that touches me, to achieve a fairer and more equitable global rugby that we continue to take pride in participating in and being part of.”
Pichot's term as World Rugby vice-chairman ended on May 12 and he has officially vacated his seat on the World Rugby council, Rugby World Cup board and his role as president of Americas Rugby.
Pichot's achievements include helping rugby sevens' introduction into the Olympic Games; promoting Los Pumas into the Rugby Championship and the Jaguares into Super Rugby while he also oversaw the creation of the Americas Rugby Championship and the American Rugby Super League, in 2020.