The guiding principles:
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KNOW THE RULES – YOUR CAREER MIGHT DEPEND ON IT
You need to make sure you know the rules on sports betting. They might change from one season to another. If you don’t understand then ask « your player association » to explain.
Being charged with a betting offense can ruin your career and will harm your reputation forever
FIXING ANY PART OF A GAME IS A CRIME
It is just as serious to fix the smallest part of a match as it is to fix the world championship
If you fix once you will be forever trapped by the match fixers
YOU MUST REPORT ANY SUSPICIOUS APPROACHES
A failure to report approaches is an offense that can lead to long bans.
Match fixers will try to trap you slowly through gifts and favors, be careful with your sporting environment and entourage.
YOU MUST NOT GAMBLE ON YOUR OWN SPORT
And you must not ask anyone else to bet for you
Betting companies and national betting regulators have sophisticated monitoring systems to catch cheats. If you place a bet you will appear on their radar/system.
Your phone and computer can be taped by the police and may be used as evidence
SENSITIVE INFORMATION SHOULD STAY WITHIN YOUR TEAM.
It’s an offense to pass on your knowledge to people who might use it for gambling
THE RPA Rugby Players Association
The Rugby Players’ Association
5th Floor, Regal House
70 London Road
Phone : +44(0) 20 8831 7930
FAX: +44(0) 20 8891 6078
Code of Conduct for Athletes