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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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World Rugby Posts £345m Revenue For 2015

30 November 2016

The consolidated financial results for the fourth year of World Rugby's 2013-16 business cycle saw their highest ever turnover at £345m (€410m). The growth in revenues reflects improved broadcast a...

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Income And Losses Grow In Wasps' First Year At Ricoh

28 November 2016

Wasps’ move to the Ricoh Arena has seen the rugby club’s parent company post an increased loss on revenues that have grown by almost 50%. Wasps Holdings Limited published its financial results for...

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No US Backers As Welsh Face Winding-Up Order

25 November 2016

The future of London Welsh has been thrown into deep uncertainty once again after the club announced late last week that the Phoenix Group, the Californian investment consortium they had hoped would s...

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Montpellier's Altrad To Buy Gloucester?

22 November 2016

The billionaire president of Montpellier, Mohed Altrad, could be set to become the majority shareholder of Gloucester Rugby, according to media reports. Martin St Quinton only completed a full takeov...

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Bulls Go Into Administration For Third Time In Five Years

15 November 2016

Championship club, Bradford Bulls have announced the club has been put into administration for a third time in five years. “I have been talking to a number of serious investors and purely the pressu...

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Bulls Face HMRC Battle

1 November 2016

The Bradford Bulls are set to pay "tens of thousands" of pounds to HMRC after a winding up petition has been served upon them this week. The former Super League champions have had spells in administra...

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