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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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RFU Set For Sponsorship Revenue Increase

25 March 2015 by Mark Tilley

The Rugby Football Union (RFU) is set for an increase in sponsorship revenue when it announces its annual results towards the end of this year, thanks in part to the effect of the Rugby World Cup 2015...

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England Can Claim £2m Jackpot With Six Nations Success

18 March 2015 by Gavin Mairs

The England squad will share a bonus of almost £370,000 if they win the RBS Six Nations title this Saturday as part of a potential shared jackpot of more than £2 million, according to an exclusive...

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Salford Losing Money On Home Games

18 March 2015 by Mark Tilley

Salford Red Devils owner Marwan Koukash has revealed the club are losing money on home games at the AJ Bell Stadium due to rent charges and falling attendances. Koukash said the club could lose betwee...

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RFL Outlines Bold Plan To Boost Finances

12 March 2015 by Tim Groves

The Rugby Football League has unveiled its seven-year strategic plan to improve the state of the sport between 2015 and 2021 and is aiming to boost overall turnover by 24 per cent to £146 million. Th...

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Sporting Summer To Provide £82m Boost To Birmingham

11 March 2015 by Mark Tilley

The Rugby World Cup, along with other sporting events, will help provide a economic boost of £82 million to the city of Birmingham, reports the Birmingham Mail. Villa Park will play host to two games...

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RFL Chief Targets £28m Turnover Increase

10 March 2015 by Mark Tilley

Rugby Football League (RFL) chief executive Nigel Wood has unveiled a seven-year plan to increase the game's turnover, the number of spectators watching the game by 700,000 and for England to win the ...

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