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New Zealand Rugby advises of significant profit downturn through 2018 financial year

New Zealand Rugby advises of significant profit downturn through 2018 financial year
April 23, 2019

New Zealand Rugby has reported a small loss of $1.86 million for the 2018 financial year, contrasting with a $33.4 million profit for 2017.

Income also fell significantly, from a high of $257.3 million in 2017, a year when the British and Irish Lions toured the country, to $189.5 million last year.

A written commentary on the result signed by New Zealand Rugby Chair, Brent Impey and Chief Executive, Steve Tew, noted that while they were “pleased” with the outcome, “these are still challenging times for rugby… our long-term financial projections still show us spending more money than we are earning.”

The statement advised “while the upcoming broadcast deal and advancements in digital technology will provide us with short-term revenue gains, the costs of our game continue to escalate… there are no silver bullets.”

Commenting on the country’s successful bid to host the 2021 Women’s Rugby World Cup, the pair advised that they could not “overstate how much of a highlight it was to be in Dublin for the announcement”.

New Zealand was chosen to stage the event by World Rugby at its Council meeting in the Irish capital last November, beating only rivals Australia by 25 votes to 17.

Broadcast rights remained the biggest source of income for New Zealand Rugby in 2018, generating $73.3 million, down from $104.6 million the previous year.

Sponsorship and licensing income was not far behind, at $68.1 million, up from $62.5 million, while match-day income fell to $28.1 million, down from $64.6 million.

On the expenditure side, administration accounted for only $13.3 million - or around 7% - of the total of $191.4 million for 2018.

Game development absorbed $31.6 million, while competitions accounted for $88.5 million and so-called “teams in black”  $57.3 million.

The All Blacks will attempt to secure a third consecutive World Cup victory, and a record fourth overall, in Japan later this year.

However, the Rugby World Cup will see fewer Tests staged in New Zealand during the current season which is likely to put further downward pressure on New Zealand Rugby's income.

Image: The All Blacks at Eden Park.

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