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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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Wasps Reveal £6.3m Overall Profit

26 February 2015 by Editor

Wasps have filed their latest set of financial accounts for the 12 months up to June 2014, revealing that the club made a profit of £6.3 million. That figure does not tell the whole story as Wasps R...

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Falcons Find Creative Funding Solution For New 3G Pitch

12 February 2015 by Tim Groves

With just four of the 12 Aviva Premiership clubs making a profit and the average debt of a Super League side into the multiple millions, access to finance for major projects isn’t always easy to com...

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Super League Prize Money Doubled For 2015

4 February 2015 by Mark Tilley

Prize money for the leaders of the First Utility Super League is being doubled for 2015. St Helens pocketed just £50,000 for finishing top of the table in 2014 but the first winners of the league le...

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£1m Grand Slam Bonus On Offer For Six Nations Winners

4 February 2015 by Mark Tilley

Competing nations will be playing for a £1m Grand Slam bonus when the Six Nations kicks off in Cardiff on Friday evening. Peter Jackson in The Rugby Paper reports that the tournament, which keeps soa...

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Barclays Invest In Exeter's RWC Preparations

4 February 2015 by Mark Tilley

Preparations for Exeter's Sandy Park to host fixtures at the Rugby World Cup have been backed by a suite of funding packages from Barclays. Along with Gloucester's Kingsholm Stadium, Sandy Park is one...

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Plymouth Albion Avoid Administration

29 January 2015 by Mark Tilley

Plymouth Albion have announced that they will not be entering administration thanks to the success of their fund-raising appeal over the last few weeks.  The club have received over £250,000 in pled...

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