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John Jeffrey elected Chairman of Six Nations Council

John Jeffrey elected Chairman of Six Nations Council

John Jeffrey has been elected Chairman of the Six Nations Council for a three-year term.

The former British & Irish Lions flanker, who hails from Kelso in the Scottish Borders, takes over from Pat Whelan, who had been Chairman since April 2016.

Jeffrey was selected for the Lions in 1986 for their match against the Rest of the World at Cardiff Arms Park, where they lost 15-7.

The 60-year-old was also part of the side that toured Australia in 1989.

“It is a privilege to be elected Chairman of the Six Nations Council and to be involved in the development of Rugby’s Greatest Championship,” he said.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank my predecessor Pat Whelan for his dedication over the last three years.”

The Lions campaign of 1989 was the first time the Lions had toured there since 1971 and the first time they had toured exclusively in Australia for 90 years.

The Lions lost the first game in Sydney 30-12 but levelled the series with a 19-12 victory in Brisbane.

Sydney hosted the final test, which saw them clinch the series with a 19-18 victory, becoming the first Lions team to overturn a 1-0 deficit to win the series.

Jeffrey, who won 40 caps for his country, is a member of the Scottish Rugby Council and is the first Scottish Chairman since Allan Hosie in the late 1990s/early 2000s.

He has been a member of the Six Nations Council since 2012 and also represented Scottish Rugby at World Rugby since 2010, where he sits on the Executive Committee (from 2016) and chairs the Rugby Committee (from 2013).

Meanwhile, Bernard Laporte (FFR) was also elected Vice Chairman.

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