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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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Thanks To RWC 2015 RFU Post Record Turnover £400m+ And Rugby Investment £100m+

14 October 2016

The RFU has released financial results for 2015-16 season, reporting revenue of over £400m and rugby investment of more than £100m for the first time. The exceptional year and the positive financial...

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WRU Increase Turnover Last Season By 13% To Over £70m

5 October 2016

The Welsh Rugby Union Group (WRU) has posted an impressive set of results for the financial year ending June 2016 which sees turnover increase to £73.3m from £64.8m previously, a 13% increase. They ...

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Dicky Evans Returns To Bring Chiefs And New Funds To Pirates

23 September 2016

The Cornish Pirates are set to sign an international deal that will trigger immediate investment in the club and lead to a potential tie-up with one of New Zealand's top rugby organisations. Former cl...

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London Welsh Look To New Era With New Owners

6 September 2016

London Welsh RFC has confirmed reports that the petition presented to the High Court on Monday (5th) to wind up the club and place it into liquidation was dismissed. The club debt to HMRC over unpaid ...

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CSM Takes Equity Stake And Exclusive Role In RIM

30 August 2016

UK-based CSM Sport & Entertainment have announced a new partnership with USA Rugby to help accelerate the growth of rugby in the USA. Under the landmark partnership, CSM has become a minority shar...

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Northampton Saints Develop On And Off The Pitch For A 16TH Successive Profit

23 August 2016

Northampton Saints plc, the parent company of Aviva Premiership club Northampton Saints has reported financial results for the year to the end of May 2016, declaring a 16th year of profitability. It i...

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