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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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Sports Club Mergers Are No Route To Growth

18 May 2017 by Mark Evans, Capacity Consulting

One of the key things that differentiate the sports business from most other types of economic activity is the rarity of significant growth through acquisition or mergers. The recent events in Paris, ...

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WRU To Run Cardiff Blues From July

15 May 2017

The WRU will find itself running two PRO12 teams from July 1st after takeover of The Dragons was confirmed last week and the Cardiff Blues caretaking role to be assumed during the redevelopment of Car...

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Newport RFC EGM Votes For WRU Take Over

10 May 2017

Newport Gwent Dragons will be taken over by the Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) following Tuesday night’s historic Newport RFC shareholder vote. The nine-acre Rodney Parade site is included in the £3,750,0...

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WRU Concessions Appease Newport Shareholders Ahead Of EGM

4 May 2017

Newport RFC chairman, Will Godfrey has told the South Wales Argus that concessions made by the Welsh Rugby Union over the purchase of Newport’s historic home at Rodney Parade represent an “attract...

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NZ Rugby Make 2016 Loss In Anticipation Of 2017 Lions Boost

27 April 2017

New Zealand Rugby has revealed they made a post-tax net loss of NZ$7.47 million (£3.96 or €4.7m) for the 2016 financial year. Chief executive Steve Tew was pleased that figure was less than the $9 ...

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NRL Salary Cap For 2018 To Dwarf New Super Cap

25 April 2017

The NRL has written to their 16 member clubs to tell them to prepare to work their playing budgets for 2018 and beyond towards a figure of AUS$9.14m (£5.3m or €6.2m) despite the fact that collectiv...

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