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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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Whitehaven Take Over Looks Unlikely

27 June 2018

Whitehaven have confirmed that the proposed take-over of the club by a consortium reported last week is not looking likely but fund raising continues for covering the club’s costs this season and th...

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Lenagan Thinks SL Should Receive More Than £26m Of Sky's £40m Per Year

26 June 2018

League Express writer, Matthew Shaw met with Wigan chairman, Ian Lenagan last week and the interview revealed – among other things - some great insight into the distribution of the finances from the...

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Newcastle Rugby Ltd Report £2.8m Loss Last Year

19 June 2018

Accounts have been filed for Newcastle Rugby Ltd for last season – year end June 2017- which include figures for both the Aviva Premiership team Newcastle Falcons and Newcastle Thunder rugby league ...

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Consortium Promise To Solve Whitehaven's Problems

18 June 2018

The board of Whitehaven RL have signed a letter of intent with a consortium led by Stuart Harvey to take over the struggling club. The consortium is looking to invest in Whitehaven Rugby League and be...

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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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