New Zealand Rugby teams up with Sportradar

New Zealand Rugby is using cutting edge technology and expert analysis to help detect match fixing across all Test, Investec Super Rugby and ITM Cup matches.

The Fraud Detection System developed by match-fixing detection specialists Sportradar will be employed across matches over the next two years.

The system analyses irregular betting patterns and movements across 450 betting operators worldwide, providing full reports on any suspicious matches within hours of the final whistle. It’s the same technology already used by the Australian Rugby Union, the RFU and Six Nations Rugby.

New Zealand Rugby General Manager Rugby Neil Sorensen said while there was no evidence match fixing was a problem in New Zealand, there was no room for complacency.

“We want rugby to remain clean and this technology underlines our determination to ensure it stays that way. We’ve seen examples of match fixing in other codes overseas so we need to take steps to ensure we remain vigilant to the possibility here.

“Sportradar’s system has been shown be effective, efficient and trusted. We are glad that they are standing alongside us as we work to protect the values of New Zealand Rugby.”

Sportradar’s Managing Director Integrity and Strategy, Andreas Krannich, said: “New Zealand’s passion for rugby union is unparalleled anywhere in the world, so we take our responsibility to reinforce that passion incredibly seriously. Our expert Security Services Team will help ensure that all matches are played in the spirit of uncompromised intensity that we have grown to admire as rugby fans around the world.”

More resources to safeguard rugby’s reputation

Neil Sorensen said the use of this technology was part of a much broader approach by New Zealand Rugby to safeguard the integrity of the game.

“We are committing significant resources to manage threats to the game, whether it be match fixing, abuse of drugs, supplements and alcohol or other issues.

“We have recently employed an Integrity Manager and an Education Manager who are working to develop the policies, practices and education we need to help us uphold the reputation of the game.

“We are determined to ensure all those involved in rugby understand the risks and that we as an organisation do all we can to keep the game a fair contest.”

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