The Rugby Football Union and International Rugby Board want to protect the integrity of the game by ensuring that all matches are contested on a level playing field and are won on merit. That means that if you work in or are otherwise involved in professional or semi-professional rugby you can’t:
- Bet on rugby anywhere in the world
- Ask someone to bet on your behalf
- Share any inside information obtained through your role in the game
These rules cover everyone inside the game – including all international players, all Premiership players, all Championship players, all Academy players and all other contracted players. It also applies to agents, match officials, disciplinary personnel, coaches, analysts, health professionals, selectors, academy personnel, team officials, and owners, directors and personnel of Unions, clubs, rugby bodies and associations, involved in professional or semi-professional rugby.
The following offences are also prohibited:
- Fixing a match or attempting to fix a match
- Benefiting from failing to perform
- Soliciting, inducing, encouraging (or attempting to) any other party to do any of the above offences
- Posing a threat to the integrity of rugby
- Destruction of evidence in relation to a potential breach
- Failing to report suspicions or approaches
The continued integrity of the game relies on those who love and work in it to be vigilant. If you see something suspicious, please report it on our hotline 0208 831 6789 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also speak to your coach, team manager or club/RFU/PRL/NCA official.
For more information on the regulation and what it means for you, visit www.irbintegrity.com.