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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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Bristol Triumph In £5m Play-Off Game

26 May 2016 by Editor

The promotion game from rugby league's Championship to win the right to play in the Super League has become known as the 'million pound game' such is the value of the commercial spoils for the winner...

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Gloucester's Vaughan Calls For Cap Freeze

18 May 2016 by Editor

Gloucester CEO Stephen Vaughan has called for a freeze on the Premiership’s salary cap after it rises to £7m in 2017, warning that clubs would either go into unsustainable debt or the league wou...

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Crunch Match Highlights Munster's Struggles

4 May 2016 by Editor

Munster’s financial position came in for much discussion in the Irish media last week as their game against Edinburgh seemed to be deciding whether they would miss out on Champions Cup qualification...

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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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