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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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Scarlets Avoid Winding Up Petition

16 December 2014 by Mark Tilley

The Scarlets have have avoided a winding up petition over an unpaid tax bill issued by Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs. The region was faced with a winding up petition against parent company Llanell...

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Fourth Autumn Test Costs WRU £750k

3 December 2014 by Mark Tilley

The Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) paid the South African Rugby Union (SARU) a reported sum of approximately £750,000 for the privilege of playing them at the Millenium Stadium in the final round of autumn ...

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Salford Post £5m Loss

27 November 2014 by Tim Groves

Salford Red Devils have revealed in their latest accounts that the club made a loss of in excess of £5 million in the year ending 31 January 2014. The loss, which is thought to be the biggest ever an...

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Report Claims Major Sporting Events Provide No Economic Boost

26 November 2014 by Mark Tilley

A study of evidence in policymaking by the What Works Network has claimed that major sporting events have no measurable economic benefit. The study looked at how public interventions in areas such as ...

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Olympic Inclusion To Bring Hundreds Of Millions Into Rugby

20 November 2014 by Tim Groves

The Rugby World Cup may be the cash cow that funds the investment into rugby but the times they are a changing, gradually, and inclusion in the Olympics should accelerate that and open up a world of f...

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RWC Set To Deliver £1bn For UK Economy

19 November 2014 by Mark Tilley

An economic impact study has revealed that the 2015 Rugby World Cup in England is set to deliver nearly £1 billion of additive value into the UK economy. The study, undertaken by EY on behalf of En...

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