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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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SARU Takes Over Cash-Strapped Eastern Province

26 April 2016 by Editor

The Eastern Province Rugby Union (EPRU) in South Africa faces liquidation on May 10 but the SARU have stepped in to take control on the invitation of the regional union to find a solution for the fin...

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Quins Launch Mini-Bond

18 April 2016 by Editor

Harlequins have launched their first corporate mini-bond, the Harlequin FC Bond, with the aim of raising £7.5 million by May 16. The club is following in the footsteps of Wasps, who raised £35m in ...

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Falcons' Revenue Grows By 24%

18 April 2016 by Editor

Newcastle Falcons have revealed that revenue has increased by 24 per cent to £7.6m and the club's losses have been reduced to £2.2m in the year to June 2015. The club endured losses of £3.6m in 2...

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Blues Blame Increased Losses On Poor Start To 2014-15

14 April 2016 by Editor

Cardiff Blues have reported an increased deficit for the 2014/15 season of £881,000, despite an improved annual income of £9.24m. The previous year’s pre-tax loss was £238,552, with an annual inc...

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Coventry Move Gives Wasps Huge Turnover Boost

12 April 2016 by Tim Groves

Wasps have revealed a rise in turnover to £21.4 million in the year ending June 2015 from just £6.5 million the previous year after the club’s move to the Ricoh Arena in Coventry. That is a massiv...

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ARU Makes Another Significant Loss

12 April 2016 by Tim Groves

The Australian Rugby Union (ARU) has revealed that it made a significant loss of $9.8 million (£5.3 million) in 2015 as it revealed its new strategic plan for 2016-20. The loss increased from $6.3 mi...

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