Hoskins elected to International Rugby Board post

2011-12-13 10:00

South African Rugby Union (Saru) president Oregan Hoskins was elected vice-chairman of the International Rugby Board (IRB) at a meeting in Los Angeles, US, yesterday night.

Hoskins, who faced opposition from outgoing vice-chairman Bill Beaumont, was elected after securing the chairman’s casting vote following two rounds of voting that were tied 13-13.

He will begin his term in office at the global governing body on January 1.

Bernard Lapasset of France was re-elected as the chairman of the IRB for a second successive term.

“It is an honour to accept this mandate,” Hoskins said in a statement.

“I am looking forward to working in partnership with Bernard and my colleagues on council to ensure that rugby is best placed to thrive as a sport at both the elite and community levels as we continue to build a platform for sustainable growth in the decade ahead that will include two Rugby World Cups and rugby sevens’ Olympic Games debut.”

Lapasset, who also faced opposition from Beaumont, was elected by a 14-12 decision from the 26 members of the council in the first round of voting.

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