Scottish Rugby policy on betting and anti-corruption

SDR6: Betting and Anti-Corruption

1. The Scottish Rugby Union (Scottish Rugby) acknowledges that it is obliged to comply with those Regulations Relating to the Game issued from time to time by World Rugby. 

2. Scottish Rugby recognises that World Rugby has issued a specific Regulation in respect of Anti-Corruption and Betting (WR Regulation 6). The Scottish Rugby Board (the “Board”) has adopted WR Regulation 6 to the fullest possible extent as Scottish Rugby’s own domestic regulation in relation to betting and anti-corruption matters.

3. The Scottish Domestic Regulation 6 should therefore be read in conjunction with the WR Regulation 6 and supplements the provisions of that document.


4. All those within Scottish Rugby’s jurisdiction are obliged to comply with the terms of both WR Regulation 6 and Scottish Domestic Regulation 6 (together herein referred to as the “Regulation”). 

Specific Prohibitions from Betting and Similar Activities

5. In relation players, coaches, medical staff, administrators, referees and others subject to the jurisdiction of Scottish Rugby:

5.1   Professional/Semi Professional Rugby: All those involved in any form of paid rugby (whether as a player, coach, team management member, administrator, match official or otherwise), together with their “Connected Persons” (as defined within WR Regulation 6), are prohibited from betting on any aspect of any rugby union match or competition on a worldwide basis;

5.2   Amateur International Rugby: All those involved with amateur international rugby (including the Scottish Women’s, Age Grade and Club International teams) are prohibited from betting on any match or competition in which their team is involved (irrespective of whether they have been selected for that match or whether the tournament match concerned involves the Scottish team or not);

5.3   Club and Grassroots Rugby: At levels of the game other than as noted above participants must not bet in relation to any aspect of any match with which they are involved.

6. Participants are reminded that the provisions of the Regulation extend beyond the act of betting and include other prohibited corrupt practices.

Disciplinary Matters

7. In accordance with the provisions of the Regulation, Scottish Rugby’s Head of Regulation (or his nominee) will act as the Union’s Anti-Corruption Officer.

8. Scottish Rugby has agreed to co-operate with World Rugby and other relevant authorities to combat breaches of the Regulation.  This may include the sharing of intelligence and information relating to specific cases.

9. In respect of any alleged offences, and at the determination of the Board, Scottish Rugby:

9.1 May conduct its own investigation and/or hearing into the matter. Such investigation/hearing shall be conducted in accordance with the Misconduct provisions of Scottish Rugby’s Rules for Disciplinary Procedures, as modified to reflect the specific provisions of WR Regulation 6; or

9.2 May request that World Rugby assume the conduct of the investigation and/or hearing in accordance with WR Regulation 6.12.

Further Information

10. Participants and their Connected Parties are encouraged to contact Scottish Rugby’s Anti-Corruption Officer if they are unclear as to any aspect of the Regulation.