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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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Refinance Likely To Cover Wasps £35m Retail Bond

21 March 2017

Wasps have confirmed the club might have to refinance its £35m bond scheme after financial experts consulted by the Coventry Evening Telegraph cast doubt on the club’s ability to repay its debt. Fo...

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Merger Of Paris Clubs Shelved

20 March 2017

The merger announced last week between the two Paris-based Top14 sides, Racing 92 and Stade Francais has been shelved in the face of considerable opposition. “I have decided to give this beautiful p...

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French Rugby Shocked As Racing And Stade Announce Merger

14 March 2017

French rugby was shocked to discover on Monday (13th March) that the two Parisian clubs playing in the T14 elite competition, Racing 92 and Stade Francais plan to merge to become one team in time to s...

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WRU To Own Dragons Within Weeks?

2 March 2017

The Welsh Rugby Union is set to take over Newport Gwent Dragons with a deal expected to be finalised within a matter of weeks according to and other regional media sources. The Dragons...

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Wasps And The Ricoh Improve Half-Year Results By £1.8m

28 February 2017

Wasps’ half year accounts show record turnover for the club and reduced losses for the six months up to December 2016 says the Coventry Evening Telegraph. The Premiership rugby club saw turnover inc...

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NRL Clubs Lost More Than A$50M Last Year

27 February 2017

NRL clubs lost a total of $53.4 million (£33m or €38.4m) last year, according to a secret financial document obtained by The Daily Telegraph in Australia on the eve of the season kick-off last week...

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