The fate of the next World Rugby Chairman is reportedly set to come down to just one man with Fijian Prime Minster Frank Bainimarama set to decide the outcome.
According to a report by New Zealand Herald, the Six Nations and Sanzaar countries are locked in a classic north versus south standoff over the future direction of the global game and according to the paper, one vote from the small nation in the south pacific could swing the World Rugby election Bill Beaumont or Agustin Pichot's way.
The vote which will take place on Sunday via email is understood to be that close.
Francis Kean stepped down from his role with World Rugby after his manslaughter conviction, allegations of homophobia, while he was head of Fiji's prison service following immense public scrutiny.
Kean's place on the World Rugby council will be taken by Fiji Rugby Union chief executive, John O'Connor.
Kean's withdrawal allows the seven remaining nominations to the executive committee to proceed without the need for a vote, which strips Fiji of the chance to exert any genuine influence on the future of the game.