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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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NRL Report A$43M Profit For 2018

1 March 2019

A year after the NRL needed to seek a loan following successive financial losses, Australian RL's governing body has delivered a stunning turnaround to announce a Aus$42.8 million (£23m/€26.6m) pro...

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Widnes Turn To Fan Funds As Administrators Appointed

25 February 2019

Following the last-minute collapse of a rescue bid last week, the board of Widnes Vikings has been advised that there is no realistic option other than to appoint an administrator to help secure the c...

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Widnes Unable To Pay Wages

19 February 2019

Widnes Vikings are reported to be unable to pay employees wages after the eleventh hour withdrawal of investment by potential new owners of the former Super League club. Widnes admitted facing a signi...

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£100k Shortfall At Pontypridd Prompts Swift Action

14 February 2019

Pontypridd have moved to address a £100k shortfall in their available budget this season by calling an EGM where it was decided to appoint a skilled executive board and issue new shares to the value ...

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Northampton Borrow A Further £1.5m From The Council

8 February 2019

Northampton Borough Council has approved plans to lend Northampton Saints £1.5m towards the development of its ground. The Premiership club's planned upgrades include creating an indoor training buil...

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Koukash Looks At New Club Venture In Liverpool

7 February 2019

Former Salford owner Marwan Koukash is leading a bid to establish a new rugby league club in Liverpool it was widely reported last week. The millionaire racehorse owner, who relinquished control of th...

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