Hoskins named IRB deputy
13 Dec 2011
Bernard Lapasset has been retained as IRB chairman while South Africa’s Regan Hoskins has been elected vice-chairman.
Hoskins, who faced opposition from current vice-chairman Bill Beaumont, was elected after securing the chairman’s casting vote following two rounds of voting which were tied 13-13.
The election of Hoskins as vice-chairman follows confirmation that Lapasset has been elected for a second consecutive term in office as chairman.
Lapasset and Hoskins will begin their term in office on 1 January 2012.
‘It is an honour to accept this mandate,’ said Hoskins, who will also continue as president of Saru. ‘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 the platform for sustainable growth in the decade ahead that will include two Rugby World Cups and rugby Sevens’ Olympic Games debut.’
As per the original meeting agenda, council also elected the seven representatives to serve on the IRB Executive Committee (alongside Lapasset, Hoskins and Chief Executive Mike Miller) for four years.
They are: Bill Beaumont (England), Tatsuzo Yabe (Japan), Giancarlo Dondi (Italy), Peter McGrath (Australia), Peter Boyle (Ireland), Graham Mourie (New Zealand) and Bob Latham (USA).