Rugby Union

Beaumont new chairman of English RFU

Former England and British and Irish Lions captain Bill Beaumont has been appointed the new chairman of the English Rugby Football Union.

The 60-year-old Beaumont takes over from Paul Murphy, who shifts to RFU president.

Beaumont said on Sunday he was honoured to take up the role: "I was fortunate enough to captain my country and everything since then has been about putting something back into a game that is important to so many people."

Beaumont won 34 Test caps for England from 1975-82 as a lock and led his country to a first Grand Slam in 33 years in 1980. He also captained the Lions on their tour of South Africa the same year.

Murphy said of Beaumont: "I am sure he will bring his great experience to bear."

AP

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