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RFU signs three-year contract with Sportradar

22 November 2013

  • RFU engages Sportradar's integrity monitoring services
  • Agreement is an important step in the RFU's Anti-Corruption Strategy
LV= Cup action

Photo: RFU Archive

The Rugby Football Union (RFU) was today confirmed as the latest sport governing body to engage Sportradar’s integrity monitoring services. Under the agreement, Sportradar will monitor all of the domestic Rugby Union competitions (Aviva Premiership Rugby, Greene King IPA Championship, LV= Cup, British and Irish Cup) as well as the autumn QBE Internationals for signs of betting-related corruption and fraudulent activity.

Working in conjunction with the Rugby Players Association (RPA), who have been active in educating players on betting integrity for the last three years, Premiership Rugby and the Championship Clubs, this latest initiative by the RFU is part of an overall joint Rugby Union strategy designed to proactively safeguard the sport from corrupt activity.

RFU CEO, Ian Ritchie, said: “Although rugby union is not seen as a high-risk sport in this regard, the RFU recognises that it is essential to take proactive, preventative action to protect rugby union, its participants and its integrity. The engagement of Sportradar is only one of the many steps that the RFU is taking as part of its Anti-Corruption Strategy.”

Sportradar CEO, Carsten Koerl, added: “Sportradar are delighted to be working with the RFU to protect their sport. Their proactive approach will ensure that English rugby union can continue to prosper for years to come”.

The RFU has regulations in place in relation to betting and wagering (RFU Regulation 17) and the RPA has for the last three years been leading various player education initiatives on betting integrity and the misuse of inside information.

To build upon the work that has been carried out and continue a proactive approach in relation to upholding the sport’s integrity, the RFU established a cross-departmental Rugby Integrity Group, tasked to make recommendations as part of the RFU’s long-term strategy for rugby integrity.

These recommendations include five key focus areas: (a) Rules and Regulations, (b) Practical Implementation and Policing, (c) Monitoring and Intelligence Gathering, (d) Education and Communication, (e) Cooperation and Consultation with third parties.