Date: Friday 1st February 2013
Issued on behalf of The RPA.
The Rugby Players Association (RPA) today welcomed the enhanced Anti-Corruption regulation from the International Rugby Board (IRB) prohibiting all forms of betting from personnel involved within professional rugby. IRB Regulation 6 is aimed to ensure that the integrity of rugby union is upheld and it complements the pioneering education programme that the RPA has been carrying out since 2010. This work, funded through grants from the UK Players Body, The Professional Players Federation (PPF) has been ground breaking in addressing the issues of Betting Integrity in rugby in England.
RPA CEO Damian Hopley said “We have worked closely with both Premiership Rugby and the RFU for the past 3 seasons to deliver compulsory Betting Integrity seminars across the Aviva Premiership Rugby Clubs, as well as at our Annual Academy Induction Day, to educate the players about the current betting regulations and the threat of corruption in the sport. This season we have designed and delivered an innovative on line learning module that is mandatory for all of our members to complete. To that end we are really encouraged by this positive move from the IRB to extend the regulation further to now apply to all forms of betting from anyone involved in the professional game. As a direct result of this broader directive, we will be modifying our current education programme, and we look forward to continuing this education of our players in conjunction with the game’s stakeholders in seeking to protect the reputation of rugby in England.