Former Argentina scrum-half Agustin Pichot has resigned from the World Rugby council following his recent defeat by Bill Beaumont to become the body’s new chairman.

As expected, Pichot came up short to Beaumont by a final tally of 28 votes to 23, and has now taken the drastic action of quitting World Rugby.

The 45-year-old Pichot had served as Beaumont’s vice-chairman for the last four years.

Pichot won the support of the Sanzaar nations South Africa, New Zealand, Australia and Argentina as well as South America and Asia in his election bid.

The 71-times capped ex-Puma has also resigned from his position as Americas Rugby president and the Argentine Rugby Union representative on World Rugby’s council.

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