RFU reveals revenue boost during World Cup year
England's successful hosting of the Rugby World Cup ensured the Rugby Football Union almost doubled its total revenue for the last financial year.
The governing body saw its annual revenue increase to £407.1million, up £199.2m on the same period in the previous year.
Despite England's early exit, t he RFU's annual report and accounts, published on Friday, show the competition accounted for £228.1m of revenue for last year alone.
RFU chief executive Ian Ritchie said: " This was a truly exceptional year.
"Despite the huge disappointment of England's early exit from our home Rugby World Cup, by running the widely acclaimed 'most successful Rugby World Cup ever' we have delivered significant investment into rugby both at home and globally.
"The legacy will continue to benefit our community clubs and the sport at every level."