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IRB and RFU issue visa scam warning

13 February 2012

  • Bogus visa emails detected by IRB and RFU 
  • Bodies advise prospective players and coaches to contact bona fides or clubs or academies
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It has come to the attention of the IRB and the RFU that a person or persons have been operating an internet scam targeted at rugby players and coaches seeking positions abroad.

The scam involves players and coaches being sent emails requesting the payment of a sum of money in respect of visas and playing licenses at clubs and/or academies which do not exist or are being misrepresented. Police in various countries have been alerted.

The IRB would urge all players to and coaches to verify the bona fides of clubs and/or academies prior to applying for positions and to exercise caution if requested to transfer money in such circumstances.