Voting by the World Rugby Council for the position of World Rugby Chairman closed on 30 April.

Current Chairman Sir Bill Beaumont and Vice-Chairman Agustín Pichot are the candidates.

The independent vote chair from PwC informed the World Rugby Council on 1 May that there was no requirement for another round of voting in the election. There were 51 votes available and the Chairman did not have a vote.

In line with the election process, the outcome and vote numbers were not communicated by PwC and were therefore unknown to both candidates, Council and World Rugby staff.

Given no further rounds were required, and no election was necessary to appoint the Vice-Chairman and Executive Committee members, World Rugby consulted with both candidates and its independent legal advisors regarding bringing the announcement process forward. All agreed.

The PwC independent vote chair will contact Council members at 15:00 BST on Saturday, 2 May to confirm the voting results.