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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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Majority Sale Is Not Option Preferred By Premiership

11 September 2018

Premiership shareholder clubs have unanimously agreed that the sale of a majority share in PRL is "not a preferred option". CVC Capital Partners sought to buy a 51% share but Premiership chairman Ian ...

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Premiership Considers £275m Offer From CVC

5 September 2018

Premiership Rugby Limited shareholders – the twelve current clubs and London Irish – are holding a board meeting next week to discuss a potential £275m (€306m) offer from CVC Capital Partners t...

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Warrington Generate Small Loss In 2017

4 September 2018

Warrington Sports Holdings Ltd which owns and operates Warrington Wolves has reported a small pre-tax loss of £67,684 last year on slightly reduced turnover of £7m. The loss is minor compared to the...

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Record Financial Results For Castleford Tigers

4 September 2018

Castleford Tigers have announce record financial results for 2017. Turnover increased by £1.4m to £6m, growth driven by increased gate receipts, sponsorship, record merchandise sales and record bar ...

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SARU Reported To Be "Close To Collapse"

30 August 2018

The South African Rugby Union (SARU) is reported to be on the verge of financial collapse after recording a net loss of R62 million (£3.3m) last year. Extraordinary outgoings were identified for the ...

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Premiership Clubs Carry Combined Debt Of £250m

29 August 2018

A Guardian study of the finances of Premiership clubs based upon 2016-17 figures has revealed a combined loss of £28.5m (€31.9m) for the year - Exeter the only profitable club that year - a ratio o...

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