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Record figures for SRU

The Scottish Rugby Union will report a record turnover of £44.2million when it hosts its Annual General Meeting at Murrayfield on Saturday.

The governing body has boosted income streams by more than £500,000, also allowing it to slash its average debt levels to less than £10million for the first time in a decade.

The improved financial outlook follows a breakthrough season for Scotland's professional club sides, with Glasgow claiming the Guinness PRO12 title and Edinburgh finishing as runners-up in the European Challenge Cup.

Chief executive Mark Dodson said: "This success is just the start of our journey. Importantly we now have proof that players and coaches can stay in Scotland and win silverware. We know we still have much to do and achieve but are looking forward positively to more competitive and entertaining rugby.

"While there have been some great moments on the pitch there has also been a lot of hard work in the background to make the game sustainable from the grassroots up ."

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