World Rugby's Executive Committee has appointed Agustín Pichot – council member for Argentina – to the governing body of the Executive Committee.
Pichot was elected by the World Rugby council in accordance with the statutes to replace Irishman Peter Boyle, who stepped down after elections in his union.
The former Pumas and Sevens captain, who was part of the team that finished third at the 2007 World Cup in France, has been a driving force behind the development of Argentina on and off the pitch, especially the inclusion of the Pumas in the Rugby Championship, as well as the inclusion of an Argentinian team in Super Rugby.
Pichot joins the Executive Committee at a time when rugby is experiencing unprecedented worldwide growth, with the popularity of the World Cup breaking all records.
Pichot said: "I feel honoured and delighted to represent Argentina and the global rugby family at this great time for our sport. With the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro and Tokyo and the first World Cup in Asia in 2019, I'm eager to carry out my role in the promotion and protection of rugby in all countries during my mandate.
World Rugby president Bernard Lapasset added: "I'm delighted to welcome Agustín to World Rugby's Executive Committee. I'm looking forward to his contribution to the governing body of the council and his work in helping us continue to grow rugby across all continents."