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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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NZRL Saves Profits In Anticipation Of Lean 2017

21 June 2016 by Editor

New Zealand Rugby League has been able to put aside NZ$300,000 (£147k) to go towards the $1.1 million (£539k) it needs to make it through next year's Rugby League World Cup. The national body announ...

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EPRU’s UK-Based Saviour Unmasked

15 June 2016 by Editor

The UK saviour of South Africa’s Eastern Province Rugby Union (EPRU) has reportedly been revealed to be a bankrupt businessman with an unregistered company and false business address. London-based s...

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NRL & Agents On Collision Course

14 June 2016 by Editor

Reports in the Australian media have claimed that agents in the NRL are earning as much money combined as the salary cap for one of the league’s teams. The Sydney Morning Herald says they take home ...

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Swire To Quit Eagles But Move To Go Ahead

14 June 2016 by Editor

Ian Swire will end his 17-year spell as Sheffield Eagles chairman at the end of the current campaign with the club now searching for new investors. In his programme notes for the latest game against B...

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Kennedy Sells Sharks To CorpAcq

9 June 2016 by Editor

After 16 years under Brian Kennedy’s control, Sale Sharks have been sold to corporate acquisitions and investment firm CorpAcq Ltd, run by Simon Orange and supported by BetFred founder Fred Done a...

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Quins Spy Bright Future After Bond Success

2 June 2016 by Tim Groves

Harlequins may have had a disappointing end to the season on the pitch but it has been another success story off the pitch and the recent launch of the club’s mini-bond might just pave the way for e...

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