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RFU adamant rugby is not affected by spot-fixing
ESPN Staff
December 11, 2013

Rugby Football Union CEO Ian Ritchie is confident the English game has not been affected by spot-fixing.

The RFU was present at a summit with ministers at Whitehall on Tuesday as MPs looked to tackle corruption in sport. It followed the arrest of six people through an investigation into football by the National Crime Agency (NCA). The six have each been bailed until April.

And Ritchie is confident rugby union has so far remained clean. "Through the Gambling Commission it's been made very clear there are no dubious betting patterns in rugby. There has been no sign of that," Ritchie said. "Having said that, we must be aware that it's there and respond to it which is what we're trying to do.

"It would be a foolish person who ignores it or pretends it never happens. There's no evidence of activity in rugby, but we must be ready if it happens and I believe we're in a pretty good place to do that."

And Ritchie is confident the measures already put in place prior to the football allegations will see them avoid any instances of spot-fixing in the sport.

"We put in place some time ago a rugby integrity unit to address it and that operates in partnership with ourselves, the Rugby Players' Association, Premiership Rugby and the Championship," Ritchie added. "We've taken advice from consultants who have worked extensively in this area and that's been very good.

"These are people who have been involved in cricket or horse racing because obviously you can learn from other sports."

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