ARU oblivious to match-fixing
REACTION: Rugby Australia has denied a report claiming the Wallabies were investigated for match-fixing after they lost a Test they had been favoured to win.
A report in the Sydney Morning Herald on Thursday suggested the Wallabies were investigated for match-fixing several years ago and that a sporting official had recommended that investigation is re-opened.
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The report alleged there was a “deep concern” about a Wallabies loss and there had been suspicious activity in a Test the Wallabies were widely expected to win.
The match in question was not identified.
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Rugby Australia released a statement denying any such investigation was ever conducted.
“A headline attached to a report in the Sydney Morning Herald today suggested Rugby Australia had investigated a Wallabies Test match “from several years ago” in relation to the possibility of match-fixing,” the statement said.
“Rugby Australia wishes to confirm it has seen no evidence in regards to inappropriate betting activity or match fixing and has no record of any such investigation occurring in the past.
“Rugby Australia takes any allegation of match-fixing very seriously and would always thoroughly investigate should any person or entity ever provide information to the Integrity Unit.”