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NSW Police set-up strike force to investigate NRL match-fixing

Wed, Sep 7, 2:09pm by Staff Writer

A specific police strike force has been set-up to investigate allegations of match fixing in the National Rugby League.

New South Wales Police announced on Wednesday, just two days before the start of the NRL finals, that it had set-up Strike Force Nuralda will determine if any criminal offences have been committed after repeated allegations of gambling and possible match-fixing.

NSW Police had already been examining the circumstances of at least two NRL matches after allegations were raised in June.

Matches involving Manly playing against both Parramatta and South Sydney over the past two seasons were linked to the initial investigation, but there is nothing yet to suggest that these specific matches were the target of the task force.

The police statement was brief and to the point.

“The NSW Police Force has launched an investigation following a review of information into reported cheating at gambling and match-fixing in the National Rugby League,” a police media statement read on Wednesday.

“Detectives from the state crime command’s organised crime squad have launched strike force Nuralda to investigate the matters and determine if any criminal offences have been committed.”

The statement offered little other information, but the task force is expected to be working intensively on the investigation, which is expected to be extensive and involve many, many possible witnesses.

The NRL said it fully supported the taskforce and would be working closely with NSW Police to ensure the right result was achieved.

“We are not going to pre-judge any person associated with the game while this process is underway,’ NRL CEO Todd Greenberg said.

“But I repeat my earlier warning that if any person is convicted of match fixing they will face a life ban from any involvement in rugby league.”

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