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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.

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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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Altrad Withdraws From Gloucester Bid

18 April 2017

Mohed Altrad has withdrawn his latest offer to purchase Gloucester Rugby after the PRL rejected his proposals. The Montpelier president had initially proposed the purchase of a 55% stake, which he sca...

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Blues Make £1.49m Loss In 2015/16

17 April 2017

The Cardiff Blues have fallen further into the red with board member Martyn Ryan warning that the professional game in Wales is now at crisis point and should look to create two super regions with the...

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Date Set For Newport EGM

13 April 2017

Notices have been sent to Newport RFC shareholders advising them that the much-anticipated EGM in respect of the sale of Rodney Parade to the WRU will take place on the evening of Tuesday 9th May at R...

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SL Clubs Agree To Salary Cap Increase

6 April 2017

Super League clubs have voted to increase the current salary cap to £2.1m by 2020 and backed proposals to introduce three additional changes to the current rules all designed specifically to help clu...

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Sport Wales Allocates Wales RL A Performance Boost For RLWC

4 April 2017

Sport Wales have allocated funding support from their performance budgets to Wales RL for the first time. Giving the senior team’s preparation for the 2017 Rugby League World Cup in Australia a sign...

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Bath Report Increased Income Of £16.9m For 2015-16

31 March 2017

Bath Rugby has reported increased turnover and a reduction in net loss for the 2015/16 financial year, as the club moves closer to its goal of becoming self-sustainable. The results for the year endin...

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