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April 11, 2016

ARU’s 2015 annual report shows an increased deficit but it is not all doom and gloom

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The Australian Rugby Union released their 2015 financial results which included a deficit of $9.84 million in the financial year, an increased deficit from 2014 which was $6.34 million.

The ARU also recorded an underlying business deficit of $4.8 million.

The increased deficit is primarily due to financial assistance provided to Super Rugby franchise Melbourne Rebels. It cost the ARU $5 million to keep the Rebels afloat, an increase on the $3.3 million on the year before.

In 2015 the ARU’s revenues were $78.60 million, down from $96.85 million in 2014.

Looking closely, the ARU took a hit in a World Cup year as revenues from domestic matchdays, broadcasting and sponsorship was down due to only two international tests being played in Australia.

To put it into perspective, World Cup winners New Zealand Rugby also posted a loss in the 2015 financial year.

However, the ARU is forecasting a stronger result for 2016 thanks to their newly minted broadcasting rights deal. The $285 million received for broadcasting rights from 2016-2020 equates to $170 million in additional revenue, a 148% increase on their 2011-2015 rights deal.

Total rugby participation, including modified forms of the game, increased by 2.7% (18,857 new participants) with an extra 10.7% (25,866 participants) playing more than five games or structured rugby sessions.

Impressively, heading into Rio 2016, women’s Sevens participation grew by 33%.

Read the full release from the ARU here, which includes a link to their 2015 Annual Report.


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