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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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Saracens £45m In Debt

26 January 2016 by Editor

Premiership champions Saracens are now reportedly £45.1m in debt, according to their accounts for the year to June 2015. The north London club made a loss of £3.98m last season on a turnover of £15...

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Sustainable Approach Gives Gloucester Fifth Straight Year Of Profit

6 January 2016 by Editor

Gloucester have reported an operating profit of £286k for the period up until June 30 2015, making it the fifth consecutive year that the club has made a profit. It was a year of transition for the ...

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New Format And Thursday Night TV Costs Cas Tigers £100k

6 January 2016 by Editor

Castleford Tigers chief executive Steve Gill has revealed that staging three home Super 8s games last season left the club out of pocket to the tune of six figures. Compared to their regular fixtures...

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Twickenham Clash Worth £2m For Welsh Rugby

10 December 2015 by The Rugby Paper

The RFU will end up paying Wales £2m when they line up for the final act of their Twickenham trilogy in May. A 50-50 split of the profits from the third England-Wales match of the season will send th...

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Featherstone To Clear Tax Debts

9 December 2015

The Pontefract and Castleford Express has reported that Featherstone Rovers have reportedly received a winding up petition from HMRC but the club say the arrears will be paid off this week. A petition...

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RFU Revenues Top £200m

3 December 2015 by Tim Groves

The Rugby Football Union (RFU) has revealed that it generated record revenues of £207.9 million in 2014/15 and retained a profit of £7.7 million. The record income levels were made possible by the l...

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