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IRB gets tough on match-fixing
ESPN Staff
November 27, 2013

The IRB has set up a campaign to fight match-fixing and corruption.

"Match-fixing and corruption is one of the biggest threats to all sports," Bernard Lapasset, the IRB chairman said. "While there is no history or prevalence in rugby, we should do everything in our power to prevent corrupt gambling practices from undermining the integrity of the game."

Players, coaches and match officials will be educated via the Keep Rugby Onside website, and third parties will continue to be used to check on suspicious betting patterns.

In 2012 former New Zealand coach Graham Henry claimed the 2007 World Cup quarter-final in which France beat New Zealand needed investigating and that it was ''incomprehensible'' the IRB did not have strategies in place to investigate bizarre matches.

In 2001 former Wales centre Alan Bateman claimed he had been offered £5000 to throw a Five Nations match against Ireland in 1990, an approach he rejected out of hand.

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