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As private equity zones in on rugby, should fans worry?

Much of professional rugby is doing no more than breaking even, and yet CVC Capital Management is increasing its investment in the sport

Barry J Whyte

Chief Feature Writer

@whytebarry
16th February, 2020

It would be easy to believe that professional rugby is awash with cash.

Just stand in the Aviva Stadium during a Six Nations match, or Thomond Park during a Champions Cup game, amid flashing lightbulbs and matchday pyrotechnics, with fans clogging the aisles and splashing hundreds of euro on drinks, and with sponsors’ logos on every available inch of the stands.

The truth, however, is a little more sobering. In fact, many parts of...

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