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Premier Rugby looks to improve rugby facilities

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Premier Rugby Limited (PRL), the umbrella group for the 12 Premiership clubs, has identified an improvement in the quality of the stadia as crucial to rugby's continued development and they may need financial help from the government to do it.

Premier Rugby point out that rugby in England is in an increasingly healthy state since the World Cup. Playing standards have improved dramatically and attendances at Premiership matches are at an all-time high.

Over the last six years, over £120m of private capital has been invested in the development of professional club rugby. In the last two years alone, the equivalent of £5m has been invested by the professional clubs despite the fact that most of them don't break even.

In order to maintain the game's growth, 'Investing in Our Futures' seeks for assistance from the government.

PRL Chief Executive, Howard Thomas stated that rugby needed to follow football's lead in improving grounds.

"We are committed to growing and investing further and will be consulting with the Government and our stakeholders to help us attract the capital we need to underpin our growth – just like football did in the 1980s and 1990s."

If the creation of a Rugby Foundation, which would be modelled on The Football Stadia Improvement Fund, goes ahead, public and private funds would be channelled to create new and improve existing stadia and facilities for the benefit of fans, players and local communities.

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