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NZRU launches anti-corruption drive

02nd April 2014 11:31

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The New Zealand Rugby Union has launched an anti-corruption drive in a bid to expunge match-fixing and other scandals.

The new initiative will demand of close to 2000 people in the game, including top-level players and officials, to sign a pledge against corruption.

"We want rugby to remain an honest test of skill and ability," Neil Sorensen, the union's general manager, told AFP.

"Our sport has a good record, but we can't take it for granted."

Sorensen believes it's crucial that rugby's integrity is protected by ensuring the game in New Zealand remained free of any kind of corruption.

The initiative comes after there were several match-fixing and other corruption cases in other professional sports throughout the world.

"We've seen international examples of the damage that corruption can do to sport and we don't want to see that happen in rugby," added Sorensen.

"That's why we're reminding people involved in the game about keeping it free of corruption."

The pledge in which the players and administrators will be asked to abide by the new regulations includes blanket bans on betting on rugby fixtures anywhere in the world.

Regulations drawn up by New Zealand's newly-formed rugby integrity unit also ban people involved in the game from getting any other person to bet on their behalf, fix or attempt to fix matches, or intentionally perform below their best for reward.

The maximum penalty for corruption is a life ban from the sport.

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