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Rugby makes Trump look good

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18.11.2017

PHIL GIFFORD

Last updated 16:56, November 18 2017

World Rugby boss Bill Beaumont presides over the Rugby World Cup debacle in London.

OPINION: Let's reassemble the words "in a brewery", "couldn't", organise", and "a booze-up", into a well-known phrase. Simple right?

Sadly, it's probably a good bet that World Rugby (the old International Rugby Board) would have a 50/50 chance of failing.

For an organisation where millions of dollars swirl around (2016's total budget for World Rugby was NZ $116 million) it never ceases to amaze how they make Trump's White House look like a well-oiled machine.

Romain Poite awards 'the penalty that never was' against the British and Irish Lions in July.

There was shock when board members ignored a lengthy, and no doubt costly, report that recommended the 2023 World Cup should be held in South Africa, and voted instead for France.

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Certainly there would have been horse trading before the vital vote.

But how credible was the report itself?

To be taken seriously it had to be on the........

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