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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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SARU Reported To Be "Close To Collapse"

30 August 2018

The South African Rugby Union (SARU) is reported to be on the verge of financial collapse after recording a net loss of R62 million (£3.3m) last year. Extraordinary outgoings were identified for the ...

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Premiership Clubs Carry Combined Debt Of £250m

29 August 2018

A Guardian study of the finances of Premiership clubs based upon 2016-17 figures has revealed a combined loss of £28.5m (€31.9m) for the year - Exeter the only profitable club that year - a ratio o...

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Northampton Make A £2.8m Loss On £17m Revenue

28 August 2018

Northampton Saints plc has announced it made a £2.8m (€3.1m) loss on a turnover of £17.1m (€19.1m) for the year ended 31st May 2018. The club grew revenue but reported a loss after a year of res...

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New Owners And Sponsors For Southern Kings

21 August 2018

A consortium of local business people is set to buy a 51% stake in the Southern Kings franchise based in Port Elizabeth, South Africa and competing in the PRO14 league. Significantly for the SA rugby ...

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Catalans Called Out On Currency Exchange Advantage

21 August 2018

Before the Catalan Dragons travel to Wembley this weekend, fellow Super League clubs have cried foul regarding the French club’s unfair salary cap advantage. League Express has revealed that shifts ...

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LNR Reveals T14 And D2 Club Budgets

21 August 2018

The LNR in France have released official budget figures for each T14 and ProD2 for 2018/19 this week reported widely in the French media with the season about to kick-off this weekend. Stade Français...

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