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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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Rule Departs Widnes, Debt Written Off, But No New Investment Yet

1 February 2019

After announcing his resignation as CEO of recently relegated Widnes Vikings in November, James Rule officially signed off last week as the club continues to seek external investment and a transition ...

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Neath Sold To Jardine Norton

26 January 2019

Mike Cuddy has ended his involvement with Neath Rugby Limited by disposing of his interest in the club to Cardiff-based financial company, Jardine Norton which will work in partnership with an establi...

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Cougarmania Returns To Keighley

25 January 2019

Mick O'Neill says he wants to bring back the days of Cougarmania after completing his takeover of Keighley Cougars. The former chairman returns to the role he held at Cougar Park in the 1990s after he...

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Wolfpack Announce £6m Investment

8 January 2019

Toronto Wolfpack have confirmed a “ground-breaking new investment” that provides a further Can$10m (£5.9m or €6.6m) of funding for the 2019 season and clears cash-flow problems that delayed som...

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Cougarmania Group Offer Solutions

8 January 2019

A consortium involving key figures of the “Cougarmania” era have launched a bid to take over the troubled League One club, Keighley Cougars. Former Cougars chairman Mick O’Neill is spearheading ...

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£500k Bond May Prevent Catalan Cup Defence

5 January 2019

Catalan Dragons may not defend the Challenge Cup after being asked by the RFL to lodge a bond of £500,000 to cover potential shortfall in ticket revenue should they reach the final stages reported th...

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