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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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The Tension Born Of Funding Imbalances

24 January 2018 by Mark Evans, Capacity Consulting

There is a conflict of interest running through all professional sports, including both codes of rugby. At any point in time a sport only has a certain amount of revenue to distribute to the competin...

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Exiles Board Conisder £3.5M Offer

15 January 2018

Telegraph Sport has reported that a consortium of Irish businessmen have made an offer of more than £3.5 millon (€3.9m) to buy Premiership club London Irish. Gavin Mairs writes that the consortium ...

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Non-Profit Supporters Trust Takes The Reins At Salford

9 January 2018

A consortium of supporters has officially completed the takeover of Salford Red Devils through a new not-for-profit holding company, Salford RD Holdings. The group has taken over the ownership and con...

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Rochdale Hornets Forced To Amend Budgets

8 January 2018

Championship side Rochdale Hornets have discovered budget inaccuracies and have found it necessary to potential payment reductions with staff and players before the start of the 2018 season. A club st...

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Wasps Report Increased Turnover And Reduced Loss But Breach Bond Rules

27 December 2017

Wasps have released their latest accounts show the group’s turnover increased to £33.6 million (€38m) from £30.9m (€35m) the previous year. The figures for the 12-month period ending June 30, ...

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Exeter Realise Growth From Winning Season

27 December 2017

Recently-filed accounts for Exeter Rugby Group plc show turnover grew to £17.4m in the year ending 30 June 2017, up from £17m in 2015/16. Profit before tax was £1.14m, down slightly from £1.24m th...

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