Rugby in the United Kingdom (UK) - Statistics & Facts

Although the number of people playing in rugby league has been on a steady decline in the past years, the participation in rugby union has remained rather stable. Participation of children has also experienced a steady development in the past years. Rugby union is governed by the Rugby Football Union (RFU) in England, by the Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU) in Ireland as well as Northern Ireland, by the Scottish Rugby Union (SRU) in Scotland and by the Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) in Wales.

The most common injuries recorded by the RFU are concussions by far, which is not surprising considering the violent nature of the game. Throughout the past years, the number of recorded injuries during matches came to about six to seven hundred per season.

One of the major events for rugby union is the Rugby World Cup, held every four years. The Rugby World Cup contributed significantly to the income of the RFU, since England was the most recent host. The tournaments' overall attendance averaged close to two million people during the last four events. Other than the major income increase of the RFU through the Rugby World Cup, the income of the IRFU and the turnover of the SRU as well as the turnover of the WRU all gradually increased over the past years.

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