SA Rugby CE Jurie Roux at World Rugby House in Dublin, Ireland. Picture: GALLO IMAGES
SA Rugby CE Jurie Roux at World Rugby House in Dublin, Ireland. Picture: GALLO IMAGES

Cape Town — SA Rugby recorded a small post-tax profit of R2m in 2018 due to aggressive cost-cutting and an increase in revenue, reversing heavy losses from the previous two years.

SA Rugby managed to keep its expenses in line with projections, but enjoyed a 9.5% rise in revenue to R1.3bn on the back of broadcasting rights, sponsorships and Test match gate receipts.

It reverses losses of R15.7m in 2016 and R62.4m in 2017 and comes despite a net cost of R60m for entering the Cheetahs and Southern Kings into the Pro14 competition with teams from Wales, Ireland, Scotland and Italy.

“There have been some hard decisions taken over the past three years to reach this position and there is hard work still to be done,” SA Rugby CEO Jurie Roux said on Wednesday.

“Some of the measures implemented caused significant discomfort; however, we believe the positive impact of implementing these measures will be realised in the future. We have made progress in the past year, but we know we are still some distance from achieving an adequate financial standing.”

Roux confirmed that the budget for the Springboks’ Rugby World Cup campaign had been signed off, but that this might affect funding other areas of the business.

“The budget for the 2019 Rugby World Cup campaign is secured and signed off but we will continue to look for savings in peripheral activities,” Roux said.

Reuters