There was always a lot to like about Agustín Pichot during his career as Argentina’s scrum-half. His outrageous flair, his tenacious captaincy, the fact he refused to wear an alice band. And now, unlike most players-turned-administrators – sorry, Lord Coe and Rob Andrew, but you know it’s true – Pichot is arguably becoming even more likeable in his post as the vice-chairman of World Rugby.
Sharply groomed and excellently tailored, Pichot is the Justin Trudeau of sports governance, posting feminist messages on his Instagram feed, flinging himself through the air in martial arts poses while on an official tour of Japan, balancing things on his nose at a board meeting while Bill Beaumont looks on in bovine bemusement. All the while maintaining the renegade spirit that made him such a handful on the pitch.
Written by Emma John
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