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EY announced as England Rugby's Official Professional Services Supplier

29 May 2014

  • RFU and EY release details of new partnership
  • Partnership will add value across the elite and community games
General view of Twickenham stadium

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The Rugby Football Union (RFU) today announced EY as the Official Professional Services Supplier to England Rugby.

EY was successfully appointed as the RFU’s official tax advisor over 18 months ago following a competitive tender process and this new agreement will see the firm offer general tax advice and planning, as well as helping to deliver a number of business consultancy projects.

Supporting the RFU in the run up to the Rugby World Cup in 2015, EY has been appointed to work closely with departments across the organisation beyond the corporate functions, adding value and knowledge from the grassroots end of the game up to the elite level.

Tasked to deliver objective advice and business analysis on a range of strategic projects, EY will be consulting on how to improve business efficiency and secure the sustainability of the community game across England.

Sophie Goldschmidt, RFU Chief Commercial Officer, said: “This announcement comes at an important time for the RFU as we build towards next year’s World Cup. EY’s high level of objective advice will be crucial in helping us to deliver against our strategic plan. This is another globally recognised brand to add to our partnership portfolio and we both share long-term ambitions for the partnership.”

Jeremy Hallett, Partner and Head of Business Development in the UK & Ireland, said: “Teams get results when the top talent works together. This is as true in business as it is in sport and probably none more so than in rugby. It’s why I’m delighted that we've been able to confirm our burgeoning relationship with the RFU with this announcement.”

Having worked closely with EY for a few years, Steve Brown, RFU Chief Financial Officer, commented: “We have been impressed with EY’s partnership approach, investing significant time and energy into learning about our business. It is fantastic to see how passionate their team is about what we do. We look forward to benefitting from their advice over the coming years.”

Sharon Stotts, EY Director, added: “We've been privileged to be able to work with Steve and his team over the past 18 months on a number of interesting and exciting projects and look forward to working together on many more.”