Rugby Football Union claims the sport has not been affected by spot-fixing but remains determined in vigilance against corruption
The issue is being raised in all sports following the match-fixing investigations that has rocked English football in recent weeks
Wednesday 11 December 2013
The Rugby Football Union believes the English game has yet to be affected by spot-fixing but is determined to remain vigilant to prevent it occurring.
An RFU official attended a summit with ministers in Whitehall on Tuesday morning to discuss corruption, as one of five major sports represented at the meeting.
It followed the arrest of six people, including Blackburn striker DJ Campbell, following an investigation into football by the National Crime Agency (NCA). The six have each been bailed until April.
RFU chief executive Ian 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."
Ritchie insists provisions had already been established by the RFU to combat spot-fixing before allegations emerged in football.
"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 said.
"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."
Meanwhile, Ritchie is confident European competition can be salvaged for next season.
The future of the Heineken Cup is in grave doubt with England's clubs refusing to participate in a competition run by European Rugby Cup and actively pursuing the option of adding Welsh regions to an expanded Aviva Premiership.
Ritchie is convinced there is still a "deal to be done" as he seeks to prevent the disintegration of European rugby that would inevitably accompany the formation of an Anglo-Welsh league.
Chelsea vs Tottenham: Eden Hazard exclusive interview - All is rosy in the garden of Eden
Arsenal vs Monaco: Theo Walcott 'involved in spat' with fans after Champions League defeat
It's time to stop the 'small club' jibes after Chelsea signed £200m Yokohama deal
After record-breaking £5.136bn Premier League TV deal, why are Everton the only British club to win in Europe?
Robbie Savage avoids driving ban - because he would get 'accosted' too much if he had to use public transport
- 1 Forget 'The Dress': Here are five of the biggest news stories you might have missed
- 2 The black and blue dress: Makers considering a white and gold version
- 3 PornHub turns masturbation into energy in bid to save the planet
- 5 MH370: 'Putin ordered plane to be flown to Kazakhstan space port,' conspiracy theory claims
New theory could prove how life began and disprove God
Half of Ukip voters say they are prejudiced against people of other races
This is what it's like to be dead, according to a guy who died for a bit
'Cash for access' scandal: Sir Malcolm Rifkind says 'unrealistic' for MPs to live on £67,000 salary
'Jihadi John': CAGE representative storms off Sky News accusing Kay Burley of Islamophobia
Aqsa Mahmood branded a 'disgrace' by her parents after claims she recruited three UK girls flying to Middle East