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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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RFU Savings Plan Could Reduce Staff By 14%

12 June 2018

The Rugby Football Union could axe up to 100 jobs this month in a cost-cutting exercise according to Gavin Mairs in The Daily Telegraph this week. Every department at the governing body will potential...

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Munster Predict Small Loss For This Season

11 June 2018

Munster have budgeted to generate a small loss of €40k (£35k) for year-end June 2018 on revenues of €16.9m (£14.87m). Reduction in grant income from the IRFU and no gate income from hosting a to...

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Whitehaven Appeal To Cover £60k Shortfall

6 June 2018

Betfred League 1 club Whitehaven have launched an appeal after announcing they need £60,000 to finish the season. The club, founded in 1948, faces possible extinction if they can’t find the money r...

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PRO14 Doubles Central Revenue To €20m In Two Years

29 May 2018

Turnover at rugby’s Pro14 tournament has doubled to more than €20 million (£17.6m) over the last two years as two South African franchises have joined the competition. And it will seek further ex...

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Koukash To Write Off Salford Debt As Incentive

23 May 2018

Dr Marwan Koukash has offered to write off the entire debt Salford Reds owe him on condition that the club become self-financing over the next 18 months. Koukash left the Red Devils last autumn and ga...

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Lions Generate £5m Surplus In 2017

2 May 2018

Peter Jackson writes in The Rugby Paper that he understands that the British and Irish Lions tour in 2017 generated a record £5m surplus for equal distribution among the four home countries. The £1....

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