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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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Chiefs Reveal Record Financial Results

26 November 2015 by Tim Groves

Exeter Chiefs have revealed that their turnover has increased by almost £2 million in the latest financial year and the club made a record profit of just under £900,000. Chief executive Tony Rowe an...

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Osborne Backs 2021 RLWC

25 November 2015

The RFL have been quick to announce that they welcome the announcement today by Chancellor George Osborne that the government will support a bid by the UK for the 2021 Rugby League World Cup. Speaking...

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Airton Risk Picks The Likely Champions Of Europe

18 November 2015 by Editor

Airton Risk, the division of Paddy Power PLC that deals with hedging the financial risk related to the outcome of sporting events for teams and brands, has released probability statistics for the Euro...

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Tigers Post £1.3m Pre-Tax Loss

29 October 2015 by Tim Groves

Leicester Tigers have submitted their latest set of financial accounts to Companies House, revealing a £1.3 million loss for the year ending 30 June 2015. The East Midlands giants increased their tur...

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Blues’ Winding Up Order Dismissed

29 October 2015 by Tim Groves

The Cardiff Blues have had a winding up order against them over a tax debt dismissed in London’s High Court this week. No details regarding the tax debt have been revealed and the Blues have not mad...

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Finalists Hedge Against Win Bonuses

29 October 2015 by Editor

The Australian media has reported that the ARU placed a A$300,000 (£138k or €195k) bet with a local corporate bookmaker to collect more than $3 million if the Wallabies win the Rugby World Cup fi...

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