World Rugby chairman Sir Bill Beaumont has a new unexpected role - Ruck

World Rugby chairman Sir Bill Beaumont has a new unexpected role

Sir Bill Beaumont is not slowing down one bit, having recently assumed the role of patron for the Rugby Football Union Injured Players Foundation (IPF).

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The ex-England second-rower revealed that when approached by the IPF, an organization founded by his former headmaster, he didn’t hesitate for a moment.

“My old headmaster Ian Beer actually set this up in 1993, so I am delighted to be following in his footsteps,” he told the PA news agency about the position.

“Rugby has been such a part of my life. My father played rugby, my grandfather coached rugby, I have three sons who played rugby – one still playing professionally – and two grandchildren playing mini rugby at the Fylde club, where I played all my rugby.

“I was flattered to be approached about it. I didn’t give it a second thought. It is something I want to do.

“A big focus for me as patron will be advancing the great work achieved to date in bringing together foundations, governing bodies and medical experts from different countries to share knowledge and research findings, as well as developing successful models of support for catastrophic injury and reduction of its causes.”

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