South Africa Rugby and Sportradar form Data & Integrity Alliance
The South African Rugby Union (SARU) have called in Sportradar to release the full potential of their data and to protect their teams from the threat of matchfixing.
The agreement’s data component positions Sportradar as a non-exclusive collector, processor and distributor of data from almost 300 matches played in South Africa. This figure includes the ABSA Currie Cup Qualification matches, as well as the ABSA Currie Cup Premier and First Division games.
Under the integrity component on the agreement, Sportradar will use its award-winning Fraud Detection System to monitor all the matches in Super Rugby and the Rugby Championships involving South African teams, plus matches of the South African Springboks.
Speaking about the deal, SARU CEO Jurie Roux said: “We have recently seen allegations of match fixing in other South African sports and it is a threat that SA Rugby is not complacent about. In the past few years, World Rugby has really stepped up their quest in ensuring the integrity of the game is upheld with their ‘Keep Rugby Onside’ campaign and we fully support that. All our teams and competitions count amongst the best in the world, so it’s imperative that we monitor global sport to spot the threats, on the horizon. Sportradar can safeguard us from these threats. Their data-related expertise will ensure that their Fraud Detection System, which is employed worldwide, will give us the most powerful tool available to spot and root out concerns.”
Sportradar’s Managing Director Rights Owners Andreas Krannich had this to add: “This is our first data or integrity partnership in Africa so I am grateful to SARU for their initiative. I found SARU’s Mission statement recently: ‘Provide strategic leadership and standards of excellence to make South Africa the best rugby nation in the world’. I think that with this partnership signed today, they have shown just that. Together, we will work closely to bring rugby fans closer to the action so that they can continue being captivated and inspired.”
About the South African Rugby Union
The South African Rugby Union (SARU) is the custodian of the Game of rugby in South Africa.
SARU was established in 1992 (as SARU) following the unification of the former SA Rugby Board (SARB) and SA Rugby Union (SARU), paving the way for South Africa’s readmission to the international arena after eight years of isolation.
Both the South African Rugby Union (SARU) and the actual game of rugby have been at the forefront of change on the South African sports scene over the past ten years, and management structures and strategies in SARU have continuously evolved to keep up with changes and challenges on the South African playing field.
For more information about SARU, please visit: www.sarugby.co.za