World Rugby confirmed that John Jeffrey of the Scottish Rugby Union has been nominated in accordance with its bye-laws for the vacant position of the international federation’s vice chair — and that no other nominations were received.
“In accordance with World Rugby Bye-Law 9, member unions were invited to submit nominations for the position by the closing date of 11 April, 2023,” said World Rugby.
“In order to stand, candidates must be a current member of the World Rugby Council at the time of their nomination.
“Jeffrey was proposed and nominated by the Scottish Rugby Union and seconded by South Africa Rugby Union.
“As the only candidate nominated, Jeffrey is deemed elected as Vice Chair of World Rugby subject to ratification by the World Rugby Council at its annual meeting being held virtually on 11 May, 2023.
“He will serve as Vice Chair for the remainder of the current term (through to November 2024).
“The election of Jeffrey as Vice Chair in addition to the recent stepping down of Khaled Babbou following his retirement as Rugby Africa President creates two vacancies on World Rugby’s Executive Board.
“The positions will be determined via a remote voting process after the 2023 World Rugby Annual Meeting of Council.”