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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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Wildcats And Bulls Ready For Million Pound Game

1 October 2015 by Tim Groves

Wakefield Wildcats and Bradford Bulls are preparing to do battle this weekend in the most lucrative match in rugby league on these shores, dubbed the ‘Million Pound Game’. That figure may be somet...

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Half Million Wigan Loss In 2014 'Money Well Spent'

22 September 2015 by Editor

Wigan Warriors are expected to break even this year after a string of heavy investments saw them drop into the red in 2014, according to Wigan Today. Accounts filed with Companies House report a pre-...

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Rhino Extends Bond Offer

17 September 2015 by Editor

Rhino Rugby, the specialist producer of rugby training equipment, teamwear, apparel and rugby balls, has extended the subscription period for its retail bonds until 31st October. The original deadline...

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WRU Posts Record £64.2m Turnover

10 September 2015 by Tim Groves

The Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) has posted record turnover of £64.2m for the financial year ending June 2015, which has allowed £22.6m to be invested into the game at all levels in Wales. The latest fig...

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Saints’ Sell-Outs Ensure 15th Straight Year Of Profit

3 September 2015 by Tim Groves

Northampton Saints have revealed that the club made a profit for the 15th consecutive year, this time just under £1 million, and confirmed that every ticket for every game at Franklin’s Gardens las...

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Profits Double At Headingley In 2014

27 August 2015 by Editor

The pre-tax profits have more than doubled at the business behind Leeds Rhinos as the Super League club's off-field financial performance matched their on-field success, according to Yorkshire News. T...

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