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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.

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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Rhino Issues Retail Bonds

23 July 2015

Rhino Rugby, the specialist producer of rugby training equipment, teamwear, apparel and rugby balls is following in Wasps' footsteps by issuing a retail bond that will mature in five years paying inve...

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New Tax Approach to UK Player Testimonials

22 July 2015

An appraisal of the new situation by Anil Matharu and Sam Purkiss of Harbottle & Lewis on the website of the ARA (Association of Rugby Agents) Player representatives, clubs and sports governing bo...

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World Rugby Finances Ahead of Schedule

17 July 2015

World Rugby is ahead of it's own financial targets with participation in the game booming (an unprecedented 7.2m players worldwide in 2014) and a profit of £210m (approx €300m) forecast for this cu...

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Warriors Win Worth Between £5m And £25m

28 May 2015 by Tim Groves

Worcester Warriors won promotion to the Aviva Premiership last night with a 59-58 aggregate win over Bristol and may have bagged themselves between £5 million and £25 million in the process. Ryan La...

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Wolves Post Bumper Profits

28 May 2015 by Tim Groves

Warrington Wolves have revealed that the club made a pre-tax profit of £639,590 in the year ending 30 November 2014, up from just £18,547 the previous year. The club’s turnover rose by around thre...

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Scarlets’ Losses More Than Double

28 May 2015 by Tim Groves

The Scarlets have revealed that they made a pre-tax loss of £1.75 million in the year ending 30 June 2014 – more than double the loss the region made the previous year. The 153 per cent increase in...

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