The Rugby Football Union (RFU), the governing body of professional rugby union in England has confirmed that it has extended its sports integrity monitoring partnership with Sportradar until 2019.
The RFU integrity partnership for English rugby union has been in place since 2013, monitoring betting market activity, rugby fixtures and potential suspicious wagering activity.
For the next three years, Sportradar will monitor all RFU sanctioned matches of the Aviva Premiership, the Greene King IPA Championship, the Anglo-Welsh Cup, the British & Irish Cup, as well as the Old Mutual Wealth series. Altogether, this coverage will total over 420 matches per year.
RFU Chief Executive Officer Ian Ritchie said: “Although rugby union is not necessarily viewed as a high risk sport when it comes to match fixing, we remain determined to be proactive in working to protect the game. We are delighted that with Sportradar by our side, we will continue to offer a credible, respected and effective defence”.
Andreas Krannich, Sportradar’s Managing Director for Integrity Services also praised the deal: “We are proud of the reputation we have built up in the rugby union ecosystem. The RFU were one of the first federations in the sport to employ our award-winning Fraud Detection System and we couldn’t be happier that we will have the opportunity to work with them for a further three years. By developing our work with leading law enforcement agencies and sport rights holders like the RFU, we will continue to ensure that the sports that fans in England and beyond love, remain thrilling and of course honest”.