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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.

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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Bath Report £3.1m Loss For Last Season

3 April 2019

Bath Rugby has reported a year of revenue growth and increased investment in its 2018 financial statements. But, the club reported a loss after tax of £3.1m (compared to £2.5m in 2017). The club exp...

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Newcastle Rugby Post Loss Of £3.9m Last Season

1 April 2019

Newcastle Falcons rugby club has posted widening losses at the same time as the club fights to remain in the Premiership reports the Newcastle Chronicle . Newcastle Rugby Limited, which includes the f...

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Twickenham Roof Repairs Deepen Cash Crisis

1 April 2019

The Rugby Football Union’s financial crisis deepened on last week with news from Gavin Mairs writing in The Telgraph that the governing body faces a multi-million pound bill to replace the roofs of ...

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SRU Invest In MLR Franchise Old Glory DC

28 March 2019

Scottish Rugby has invested in the future of US rugby by becoming a minority shareholder in MLR franchise Old Glory DC, based in Washington. It has been reported that the SRU will pay OG DC between $...

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Yorkshire Carnegie Without The Funds To Compete Next Season

11 March 2019

Yorkshire Carnegie director of rugby Chris Stirling has conceded the club is currently on “life-support” and praised his players for “not tolerating” the board’s continued inaction reports D...

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England 7s Team May Go Amidst RFU Cost Cutting

8 March 2019

The England Sevens team is facing the axe as part of 'brutal' cost- cutting measures being considered by the Rugby Football Union wrote Gavin Mairs in The Telegraph. The move comes as Twickenham sourc...

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