World Rugby president to step down

Date published: February 13 2015

World Rugby president Bernard Lapasset will step down after this year's World Cup to help Paris' bid for the 2024 Olympics.

The long-time president of the FFR took over at the head of World Rugby, then known as the IRB, back in 2008, replacing Syd Millar.

The 67-year-old has served two terms in charge of World Rugby and will oversee his second World Cup as President later this year.

That will be his final act in charge of the game's governing body before he moves on.

While an official Olympic bid in 2024 has not yet been officially confirmed, it seems that Lapasset has been lined up to run that campaign.

Paris had previously been a finalist for the Olympics in both 2008 and 2012.