Premiership rugby clubs vow to join forces to tackle losses


• Club say they need to cut costs to become sustainable
• Guardian investigation reveals losses of £28.5m in 2016-17

Leading rugby clubs in England say they need to act together to reduce wage inflation and control costs as the Guardian today reveals the most recent recorded losses of Premiership clubs total a combined £28.5m.

The Guardian analysis, backed up with interviews from the majority of the Premiership’s chief executives, shows clubs are still struggling to become sustainable 21 years after the league came into existence. With insiders predicting the total losses will be about 20% worse in the next set of accounts, the data shows:

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Written by Special report by Paul Rees and David Conn
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