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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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Scottish Rugby To Buy Worcester?

11 December 2017

The Scottish Rugby Union are reportedly close to securing a takeover of Worcester Warriors after a bid from ex-Swindon Town football club chairman Jed McCrory is understood to have failed. According t...

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RFU Invest Almost £100m Back Into Rugby In 2016-17

4 December 2017

The RFU has reported a turnover of £184.9m (€210.8m) for the 2016-17 season. Although the governing body registered a £6m (€6.84m) loss in their latest accounts released last week, the £99.6m (...

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Scarlets Attendance Up 45% And Non-Rugby Activity Turns Profit

20 November 2017

Concerts by acts such as Status Quo and UB40 have helped Parc y Scarlets a loss-making rugby stadium record a £500,000 profit according to a report on regional news last week. The 14,000-ca...

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Council Ease Pressure On Salford Loan Repayments

10 November 2017

Salford City Council have extended the deferment of loan repayments from Salford Red Devils for a further a three-years according to Manchester Evening News. Marwan Koukash assumed £3m-worth of debt ...

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World Rugby, England And Players Mobilised As Samoan RU Struggle For Funds

9 November 2017

The RFU have agreed to make a one-off payment of £75,000 to Samoa – England’s opposition in just over two weeks’ time – after the Pacific island nation’s governing body declared themselves ...

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Wales Online List Richest Sports Bodies

31 October 2017

Wales Online have listed the country’s twelve richest sports organisations in value order based upon their stated turnover from latest available full year accounts. The WRU come in second after Prem...

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