IRFU faces revenue losses of up to €60m if 2021 Six Nations is not played

Irish rugby’s sustainability is anchored to filling the Aviva stadium at least five times a year

The November internationals can bring in up to €9 million in gate receipts for the IRFU. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The November internationals can bring in up to €9 million in gate receipts for the IRFU. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The IRFU is a prudent, efficiently managed business under the guidance of chief executive Philip Browne and Tom Grace, the honorary treasurer and former PWC partner.

It is facing unprecedented losses in revenue due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Some 96 percent of revenue is generated by the currently inactive professional men’s game. If the November internationals and the Six Nations cannot be played in early 2021, losses could fall between €45 and €60 million.

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