The South African Rugby Union (SARU) has enlisted the services of sports monitoring and data specialists Sportradar in a bid to fight match-fixing.
Sportradar will serve as the non-exclusive collector, processor and distributor of data from almost 300 matches played in South Africa, including fixtures played in the ABSA Currie Cup, South Africa's premier domestic rugby union competition.
Meanwhile the company will deploy its Fraud Detection System to monitor betting patterns on all Super Rugby and Rugby Championships matches involving South African teams, as well as on Springboks fixtures.
“We have recently seen allegations of match fixing in other South African sports and it is a threat that SA Rugby is not complacent about,” SARU chief executive Jurie Roux said in a statement.
“In the past few years, World Rugby has really stepped up their quest in ensuring the integrity of the game is upheld with their ‘Keep Rugby Onside’ campaign and we fully support that. All our teams and competitions count amongst the best in the world, so it’s imperative that we monitor global sport to spot the threats, on the horizon.
“Sportradar can safeguard us from these threats. Their data-related expertise will ensure that their Fraud Detection System, which is employed worldwide, will give us the most powerful tool available to spot and root out concerns.”
Sportradar has a host of high profile clients, including the International Olympic Committee (IOC). Its SARU partnership represents its first integrity deal in Africa.