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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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St Helens Post £10k Pre-Tax Profit

15 August 2017

St Helens RLFC have announced a pre-tax profit of £10k for the year ended October 31 2016. This comes despite Saints failing to reach a major final last season as they were knocked out at the sixth r...

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Gloucester All Golds And Oxford To Merge And Move To Bristol?

15 August 2017

League Express reports tell of merger talks between RL League One outfits Gloucester All Golds and Oxford are holding talks over a potential joining of forces. It is believed the clubs are in discussi...

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Leeds Rhino's Post Profit Despite 2016 Setbacks

9 August 2017

Leeds Cricket, Football and Athletic Company Limited, the owners of Leeds Rhinos, have published their annual accounts for the 2016 season, with the club making a £371,381 profit (€410k) despite a ...

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Warrington Post £250k Loss For 2016

9 August 2017

Warrington Wolves recorded a loss of more than £250,000 for the 2016 season. In accounts registered by Warrington Sports Holdings Ltd. the club posted pre-tax losses of £262,708 reported the Warring...

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SRU Exceed £50m Turnover For 2016-17

7 August 2017

Scottish Rugby (SRU) announced it has broken the £50m (€55.3m) turnover mark for the first time for 2016-17 season at its AGM last Saturday. Increases in ticketing revenue, achieved through three s...

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Zebre Collapse, FIR Take Over

25 July 2017

Ownership and management of Italian PRO12 side Zebre has been taken over by the Italian Federation (FIR) after doubts over the financial stability of the team’s holding company, Zebre Rugby Srl. Dou...

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