Betting and anti-corruption: quick facts

Quick facts

Who is covered by the Regulation?

The list is extensive and includes players, coaches, other team management members (medics, physios, analysts, etc.), club and Union officials and administrators, referees, discipline panel members, etc. It also includes “connected persons” of the above, being family or even friends of those involved with the game.

Does it only cover professional rugby?

No. The Regulation covers all levels of the game from international rugby through to the grassroots, though different restrictions may apply depending on the level of the game.

Who is not allowed to bet on rugby?

This varies depending on the level of the match:

  • Professional and semi-professional rugby: Everyone involved in any form of paid rugby, including their “Connected Persons”, is prohibited from betting in relation to any rugby union match, tournament or rugby event on a worldwide basis;
  • Amateur international rugby: Everyone involved with amateur international rugby (in a Scottish context this includes the Scottish Women’s, Age Grade (U20, U18, etc.) and Club International teams) is prohibited from betting on any match or competition with which the team is involved in. (e.g. a Scottish U20 player is not permitted to bet on any match in the Junior World Championships irrespective of whether the match involves Scotland).
  • Club and Grassroots Rugby: It is Scottish Rugby’s policy that at levels of the game other than as noted above participants should not bet in relation to any aspect of a match with which they are involved.

What forms of betting are banned?

Those prohibited from betting (see above) are not allowed to participate in any form of wager on the outcome or any aspect of the game. This includes the results of matches or tournaments, the number or timing of specific occurrences during a match or tournament or the like.

Are there any other offences?

Yes, there are a range of other potential offences including:

  • Corruption related to fixing: including trying to fix (or the involvement in fixing) any aspect of the game
  • Not trying: failing to perform (or trying to persuade others not to perform) to the best of their abilities
  • Misuse of inside information: including providing or asking others to provide information not generally available e.g. in relation to selection, the injury status of players (including yourself), team tactics or any other aspect of the game
  • General corruption offences involving any other threat to the integrity of the game.

Where can I find out more on this topic?

Please email Scottish Rugby’s Head of Regulation, Graham Ireland, at [email protected] or call 0131 346 5004.