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SARU to probe match-fixing allegations

SARU President Oregan Hoskins said the organisation takes the allegations very seriously.

SARU has appointed an attorney to probe allegations of attempts to fix the result of matches in Boland club rugby. Picture: Facebook.

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Rugby Union (SARU) has appointed an attorney to examine allegations of attempts to fix the result of matches in Boland club rugby, the organisation said in a statement.

Claims that attempts were made to influence the outcome of club league matches will be investigated.

SARU President Oregan Hoskins said the organisation takes the allegations very seriously and due processes will be followed.

"Allegations that the results of matches may have been fixed or that an attempt was made to rig results are very serious indeed, no matter at what level of the game.

"Rugby is built on the ethos of a fair contest and it is repugnant to our game to think that that might not be the case. Allegations have been sent to us relating to this offence and we have now appointed an independent attorney to look into them."

Hoskins said that no charges have been brought against any individuals.

He said the investigating officer's role in the first instance will be to determine the merits of the evidence and present that to the chief executive for possible action.

"At this stage it is difficult to say how long the investigation is likely to take but these are serious charges and they urgently need resolving."