By Will Kelleher For The Daily Mail
Published: 22:34 BST, 3 May 2020 | Updated: 22:58 BST, 3 May 2020
The Six Nations will be immune from change with Sir Bill Beaumont returned now as World Rugby chairman after beating Agustin Pichot.
But while the former England and Lions captain, 68, was backed by all 18 of the Six Nations votes for a second term in charge of the game’s governing body, he was warned by those in the southern hemisphere that drastic alterations are needed, and fast.
‘While Bill has won and we’ve now got to support the winner, that is on the condition there is fundamental change,’ said New Zealand Rugby chairman Brent Impey, who voted for Pichot along with the other SANZAAR unions.
New Zealand Rugby chairman Brent Impey insists there needs to be 'fundamental change'
Bill Beaumont was re-elected as chairman of World Rugby with a slim majority on Saturday
‘We can’t carry on the way we’re going. Look at the finances of Rugby Australia, for example. If these guys don’t get on and make change, if it’s four more years of the same, we’ll be gone.’
But having won re-election — and with British Olympic Association chairman Sir Hugh Robertson selected to lead an independent governance review of World Rugby — one of Beaumont’s first moves was to assure his Home Nations allies that their tournament would not move in the calendar or be restructured.
‘Why would you move the Six Nations?’ said