The national governing body for rugby in England, the Rugby Football Union (RFU), has extended its integrity partnership with sports data and monitoring company Sportradar.

The new deal extends the partnership until 2019, during which time Sportradar will monitor over 420 matches a year from the Aviva Premiership, the Greene King IPA Championship, the Anglo Welsh Cup, the British & Irish Cup, and the Old Mutual Wealth series.

Since the RFU signed up for Sportradar’s integrity monitoring services in November 2013, the company has overseen the activities and odds patterns of over 550 betting operators worldwide for a range of rugby union competitions and fixtures, with the aim of preserving the integrity of the sport.

Sportradar’s managing director for integrity services, Andreas Krannich, commented: “We are proud of the reputation we have built up in the rugby union ecosystem.

“The RFU were one of the first federations in the sport to employ our award-winning Fraud Detection System and we couldn’t be happier that we will have the opportunity to work with them for a further three years.

“By developing our work with leading law enforcement agencies and sport rights holders like the RFU, we will continue to ensure that the sports that fans in England and beyond love, remain thrilling and of course honest.”

RFU chief executive officer Ian Ritchie added: “Although rugby union is not necessarily viewed as a high risk sport when it comes to match fixing, we remain determined to be proactive in working to protect the game.

“We are delighted that with Sportradar by our side, we will continue to offer a credible, respected and effective defence.”

Sportradar Integrity Services has partnerships with some of the world’s key rugby union organisations including World Rugby, the Six Nations, European Professional Championship Rugby, New Zealand Rugby Union, Australian Rugby Union, South African Rugby Union and Italian Rugby Union.

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