Anti-Corruption and Betting

New Zealand Rugby (NZR) is committed to ensuring rugby is free of all forms of corruption and ensuring the game remains an honest test of skill and ability.

NZR's Anti-Corruption and Betting Regulations are aligned with the World Rugby's Regulation 6 and feature a set of measures and sanctions to apply across the Game at International level and Contracted Player level.  All persons involved in the Game at those levels are required to comply with the World Rugby and NZR regulations. In the case of New Zealand, NZR regulations also apply at Heartland Championship, Farah Palmer Cup and National Sevens Tournament level in relation to those players betting on their own competitions.

Protecting the integrity of rugby

Prohibited forms of betting

The simple message is that everyone involved in professional, semi-professional or any Rugby where players are paid, including team-mates and opposition, coaches and management (termed 'Connected Persons') are prohibited from betting on all forms of rugby anywhere in the world.

At Mitre 10 Heartland Championship, Farah Palmer Cup and National Sevens Tournament level, betting is permitted on all rugby except these three competitions.

Other Offences

 Connected Persons must not:

  • bet on any rugby or get anyone to bet for you;
  • fix or attempt to fix a match or any aspect of a match;
  • give, receive or request benefits in circumstances that may pose a threat to the integrity of the game;
  • tamper with or destroy evidence; and/or
  • use or reveal Inside Information for the purpose of betting (or where it could be used for betting).

What is considered a breach of anti-corruption regulations?

 There are two categories of Anti-Corruption Breach:
 (a) Prohibited Betting Breach; and
 (b) Anti-Corruption Breach.

A Connected Person is considered to have committed a Prohibited Betting Breach if he/she engages in and/or attempts to engage in any of the conduct set out in Regulation 1.3.1 (Prohibited Betting); and he/she does not simultaneously commit an Anti-Corruption Breach.

A Connected Person is considered to have committed an Anti-Corruption Breach if he/she engages in and/or Attempts to engage in any of the conduct set out in Regulations 1.3.2 (Corruption Related to Match/spot Fixing), 1.3.3 (Misuse of Inside Information), 1.3.4 (General corruption offences), or in more serious breaches of 1.3.5(f) (failure to report) Provisions

Who is covered by the regulations?

New Zealand Rugby's regulations cover basically everyone involved in rugby in any way at the international, professional, semi-professional and any other levels of the game where players are paid.

For New Zealand, these rules cover everyone connected with the game - including all international players, all professional players and all other contracted players, also including the Heartland Championship, Farah Palmer Cup and National Sevens Tournaments. It also applies to agents, match officials, disciplinary personnel, coaches, analysts, health professionals, selectors, personnel, team officials, and owners, directors and personnel of Unions, clubs, rugby bodies and associations, involved in professional or semi-professional rugby.

Reporting an approach, suspicion or breach

No matter how small or seemingly irrelevant, if you have been approached or been asked to supply inside information (or if you know or suspect that a team mate or anyone else involved in the game has been approached or asked to supply inside information) or if you suspect that any person has committed a breach of the Anti-Corruption regulations, you must immediately contact the Anti-Corruption Officer at NZR.

The Rugby Intel app

NZR has developed this app as a support tool, aimed at providing players, staff, team management and others with:

  • A confidential channel through which to report any suspicious incidents or behaviour, whether related to match-fixing, doping or other concerns
  • Easy access to the integrity, betting, anti-doping and anti-match-fixing rules

Rugby Intel Privacy Policy

More information

Find out more about the anti-corruption regulations.

For more information on the international regulations, including education, sample scenarios, case studies and what it means for you, visit Keep Rugby Onside, World Rugby's integrity website: http://integrity.worldrugby.org/