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Rugby Football Union (RFU) expenditure breakdown in England 2013-2019

The Rugby Football Union (RFU) is the governing body of rugby union in England.


In the early 19th century the Headmaster of Rugby School, Dr Thomas Arnold recognized the potential of a group sport activity to occupy the time of mischievous students whilst simultaneously introducing positive ‘Christian’ values, in a concept known as ‘muscular Christianity’. The successful use of these group activities as a vehicle for achieving social control in Rugby School lead to a similar application of muscular Christianity across the increasingly expanding number of public schools. In the late 19th Century two proponents of these public school derived game, Edwin Ash and Benjamin Burns, published a letter in The Times suggesting that "those who play the rugby-type game should meet to form a code of practice as various clubs play to rules which differ from others, which makes the game difficult to play." On 26 January 1871 during a meeting attended by representatives from 21 clubs, the RFU was founded. Although similar unions were organized during the next few years in Ireland, Wales, Scotland, New Zealand, Australia, France, Canada, South Africa, and the United States, the RFU was the first and therefore had no need to distinguish itself from others by calling itself the English RFU. The RFU was a founding member of the sport's international governing body, World Rugby in 1887.


The RFU describes its primary objective as to encourage rugby, and its values, to flourish across England: It promotes and runs the sport, organizes international matches for the England national team, and educates and trains players and officials. It continues to promote the core values of rugby including teamwork, respect, enjoyment, discipline, and sportsmanship.


The statistic depicts the expenditures of the Rugby Football Union (RFU) in England from financial year 2013/2015 to 2019/2020, by type. The largest share of the expenditure was attributed to ‘Professional rugby development’ with 66.4 million British pounds in 2020. Overhead expenses are given as the second largest expenditure for the RFU at over 56.6 million British pounds in 2020. With the notable exception of the cost of sales, which saw a substantial increase to over 238 million British pounds in the 2015/16 season, the expenditure of the RFU has stayed relatively stable since 2013/14. This expenditure is approximately in balanced with the income distribution of the RFU which in 2019 earned approximately 213.2 million British pounds, with the majority of this income is attributed to ticket sales, broadcasting, sponsorship and hospitality and catering.

Expenses of the Rugby Football Union (RFU) in England from 2013/2014 to 2018/2019, by type

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Release date

October 2020


United Kingdom (England)

Survey time period

July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2020

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