The South Africa Rugby Union (SARU) has signed an agreement with sports data supplier Sportradar to help effectively leverage its data and protect teams from match-fixing.

The agreement’s data component positions Sportradar as a non-exclusive collector, processor and distributor of data from almost 300 rugby matches played in South Africa. This includes the ABSA Currie Cup qualification matches, as well as the ABSA Currie Cup Premier and First Division Games, the country’s top two rugby leagues.

The integrity component of the agreement will see Sportradar use its Fraud Detection System to monitor all matches in Super Rugby and the Rugby Championships involving South African teams, plus all matches of the country’s national rugby team, the South African Springboks.

SARU chief executive Jurie Roux explained that with allegations of match fixing in other South African sports recently, his association was eager to show that it is not complacent about the threat.

“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,” Roux explained. “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.”

“This is our first data or integrity partnership in Africa so I am grateful to SARU for their initiative,” Sportradar’s managing director for rights owners Andreas Krannich added. “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.”