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Saru takes steps to combat potential match-fixing

Saru has partnered with Swiss company Sportradar to operate a match-fixing detection service.

Jurie Roux, CEO of the South African Rugby Union (SARU) speaks during the unveiling of the new Springbok Jersey at a function in Cape Town, South Africa 24 April 2014. Picture: EPA/KIM LUDBROOK.

CAPE TOWN - South African Rugby Union (Saru) have stepped up their efforts to protect their teams from potential match-fixing.

This is the first time it has undertaken such a project.

Saru has partnered with Swiss company Sportradar, who specialise in providing data services to media companies, bookmakers, sports federations and state authorities, to operate a match-fixing detection service.

SA Rugby CEO Jurie Roux said, "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.

"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 betting monitoring systems, which are employed worldwide, will give us the most powerful tool available to spot and root out concerns."