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Rugby Finance, Accounts and Funding.

This section focuses on the finances that drive rugby business. The governing bodies and top tier clubs in league and union in UK and Ireland generate collectively over £600 million in turnover each year.

We report and archive financial performance in rugby in more detail than any other media channel. We analyse and compare current rugby finance and related news against past reports, interview leading figures from rugby bodies and experts in tax, finance and accounting in sport.

Our aim is to present a clear financial and statistical breakdown of the rugby business – the revenue and the costs - where possible in monetary value. When clear financial information is not available, we’ll find indicators (season ticket sales, average attendance, sponsorship deals, TV rights, pints of beer sold) to give our readers understandable trends and contexts.

Sustainability
Sports economy does not tend to follow other business models. The governing bodies distribute financial surpluses back into developing the game; benefactor club chairmen invest their own money knowing that profiting from their investment is an unlikely scenario. People working within rugby or supplying the industry – and not least interested fans who have invested more than the price of a ticket into clubs – are well-served by our coverage of the numbers away from the glare of the floodlights.

Economies of scale
We believe strongly that covering best practise and case studies at the elite end of the sport of rugby can benefit junior clubs, schools and colleges at the grassroots. Clubs taking a realistic business-like approach over the long-term will thrive. Managing the finances is the life-blood of an organisation of any size and we hope that our content in this section makes a contribution at every level of the game.

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£20m Loan Write-Off Leads To Extraordinary 2016 Profit At Sixways

21 June 2017

Worcester Warriors through their operating company, WRFC Trading Ltd made a profit of £13.8m in the year-ending June 2016 due to a write-off of shareholder loans worth £20.4m during the year. The ac...

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New Name, Board And Hybrid Pitch For Dragons

20 June 2017

The Welsh region formerly known as Newport Gwent Dragons is now officially the Dragons with matching amendments to the clubs logo as the new WRU-owned regime makes itself felt before the official take...

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Munster To Post €300k Surplus

12 June 2017

The Irish Examiner has reported that Munster are set to post a surplus of €310,000 (£273k) this season, a considerable turnaround from the €1.93m (£1.7m) deficit in 2015/16. The projected cashfl...

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Crosssan Appeals For Investors In London Irish Dream

31 May 2017

London Irish owner Mick Crossan has told The Rugby Paper that he’s looking for new backers to step forward after admitting he can no longer afford to sustain heavy losses as the club prepare for a n...

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Stade Francais About To Go Wild?

25 May 2017

Paris Top 14 club, Stade Francais is about to be sold to the German Capri-Sun owner, Hans-Peter Wild. Current club president, Thomas Savare is reported to have opted for Wild's proposal over that of t...

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Cardiff Blues Pull-Out Of WRU Takeover

24 May 2017

Cardiff Blues have pulled out of talks with the WRU about handing over the management of the region to the governing body. In an open letter to fans, chief executive Richard Holland explained that the...

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