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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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Zebre Collapse, FIR Take Over

25 July 2017

Ownership and management of Italian PRO12 side Zebre has been taken over by the Italian Federation (FIR) after doubts over the financial stability of the team’s holding company, Zebre Rugby Srl. Dou...

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€2.8m IRFU Loss Better Than Budgeted

17 July 2017

The Irish Rugby Football Union has announced a loss for 2016/17, the first time since 2007/8 season. The good news however, is that its planned deficit of €4.7m (£4.16m) for the 2016/17 season has...

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Swinton Lions Under Financial Pressure

13 July 2017

Swinton Lions director Steve Wild has told League Express that the club will know much more about its future by Thursday (today) after the full extent of their financial issues were revealed last week...

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Scottish League Champions, Aberdeen Warriors Fold

13 July 2017

Scottish National League champions, Aberdeen Warriors have announced they will fold after seven successful seasons on the field due to “lack of support” from league organisers. The club have strug...

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Kings And Cheetahs About To Look North?

6 July 2017

The fate of the two South African Super Rugby franchises earmarked to be ejected from next year’s competition, the Cheetahs and Southern Kings will be confirmed tomorrow (Friday 7th July) by a meeti...

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£20m Loan Write-Off Leads To Extraordinary 2016 Profit At Sixways

21 June 2017

Worcester Warriors through their operating company, WRFC Trading Ltd made a profit of £13.8m in the year-ending June 2016 due to a write-off of shareholder loans worth £20.4m during the year. The ac...

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