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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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Worcester Warriors Off-Loaded To McCrory-Pope Consortium

1 October 2018

Worcester Warriors is under new ownership following its successful sale to a consortium run by former Swindon Town FC chairman, Jed McCrory and financed by Errol Pope, alongside Scott Priestnall and f...

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Wigan Report £432k Loss On £7.1m Turnover In 2017

24 September 2018

Wigan Warriors reported an operating loss of £432,000 on £7.1m turnover in 2017. That sum is less than the £605,000 they lost in 2016, Wigan Today revealed accounts filed at Companies House. During...

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WRU Turnover Reaches £97m For Boom Year

21 September 2018

The Welsh Rugby Union Group turned over £97m (€110m) last year, up from £74.9m the prior year and representing a 30% increase in revenue - allowing it to re-invest a record £42.8m across the game...

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Private Equity Interest In PRO14

19 September 2018

Private equity firms have been talking to the Guinness PRO14 board about investing in the tournament as part of their strategy to exploit untapped broadcasting income in sport according to the Guardia...

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Majority Sale Is Not Option Preferred By Premiership

11 September 2018

Premiership shareholder clubs have unanimously agreed that the sale of a majority share in PRL is "not a preferred option". CVC Capital Partners sought to buy a 51% share but Premiership chairman Ian ...

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Premiership Considers £275m Offer From CVC

5 September 2018

Premiership Rugby Limited shareholders – the twelve current clubs and London Irish – are holding a board meeting next week to discuss a potential £275m (€306m) offer from CVC Capital Partners t...

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