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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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Another Profit For RFL In 2015

19 July 2016

At the RFL Annual General Meeting held at the John Smith’s Stadium, Huddersfield last Friday, CEO Nigel Wood reflected on a positive financial performance in 2015. “Financially, 2015 was a very st...

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IRFU's Browne Warns Of Financial Gulf For Pro Teams

19 July 2016

Philip Browne, chief executive of the Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU), has warned that the IRFU can no longer be the 'lender of last resort' for the professional game as the governing body does not ...

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WRU To Release £1m To Upgrade Club Facilities

19 July 2016

  The Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) has announced it is investing £1 million to improve club facilities across Wales and to improve their sustainability. The announcement signifies the biggest level of cl...

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Bath Not For Sale

4 July 2016

Bath Rugby have deemed it necessary to refute any rumours of an imminent sale of the club. Rumours that the club would be partly or wholly sold by Brice Craig have abounded recently as the coaching st...

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Worcester Increase Budget By 25% As Ryan Departs

30 June 2016 by Editor

Amidst the major news of Dean Ryan's departure from Worcester Warriors, chief executive Jim O'Toole has taken the opportunity to reiterate the long-term financial commitment to becoming an establishe...

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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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