Betting and Anti-Corruption
Scottish Rugby supports World Rugby in its fight against corruption in rugby. Such activity is against the integrity of our game and is counter to Scottish Rugby's core principles of leadership, engagement, achievement, enjoyment and respect.
The World Rugby regulation
World Rugby Regulation 6: Betting and Anti-Corruption covers what those involved in rugby are prohibited from doing in terms of betting and corrupt practices.
Scottish Rugby’s regulation
Scottish Rugby has adopted the World Rugby Regulation into its own domestic regulations and it will be applied in respect of all betting and anti-corruption matters under our jurisdiction. Everyone within Scottish Rugby's jurisdiction must comply with this regulation.
Frequently Asked Questions
Betting and anti-corruption is a complex area. To assist those involved in our game we have prepared a quick summary to explain who is covered by the regulation and what they are not allowed to do under it.
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/staff 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?
For most people 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.
Scottish Rugby staff are not permitted to bet on any aspect of rugby union matches/events.
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.
World Rugby have a comprehensive online training resource.
We recommend that members of the following groups complete World Rugby's online training modules:
- any Scottish national representative team, whether male or female, senior or age-grade, XVs or 7s
- Scottish Rugby professional teams (including both professional teams and Elite Development Programme players)
- Super 6 squad members
- Scottish Premiership first XV teams
If you can't find the information you're looking for, have a specific query or wish to report any matter associated with betting or anti-corruption please contact Scottish Rugby's Head of Regulation, Graham Ireland, at [email protected] or call 0131 346 5004. All enquiries will be treated as confidential.