>>Now that union has gone professional and they are paying their
>>players there is going to be a massive wage bill eg. Bath 1.8 million.
>>Where is this money coming from?
>>If the money was always there what was it spent on in the past?
>I for one have been impressed with the Rugby in SL but is it not glib to
>dismiss RU out of hand.
Why thank you kind sir.
>As for the money now in RU, it makes you wonder doesn't it, there must
>be tens of millions floating round in the UK that wasn't visible last
A few of the RU clubs are getting big money from wealthy individuals with a
severe ego problem (Bath, Saracens, Newcastle, Richmond etc).
A least one club has been bought lock, prop and *** as a commercial
business (Wasps, in combination with QPR soccer club).
Some clubs have made big sponsorship deals (Harlequins - damned if I can
remember who with. It was obviously a good idea), and one or two actually
make a bit of money at the turnstile (Leicester for example - who spent
recent surpluses on a new stand and clubhouse before the wage bill
The big row over the 5 Nations tournament, which one or two league fans
might have heard about, concerns a lucrative tv deal which would benefit
all the English clubs to some degree if it still goes ahead.
The money wasn't visible in RU last year because globally it was still
(sh)amateur then. Whether it was there hidden away out of sight of Mr
Taxman or not, I couldn't possibly say. The fact most clubs have been
desperate for funds to keep their players or buy in new ones suggests the
money wasn't there.
Hope this helps.
All the best