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ARU make huge profit from RWC
07 Apr 2004  sportal

Australian rugby looks set for a huge financial windfall following the record multi-million dollar profits generated from last year's World Cup. 
The Australian Rugby Union said it had received a tournament surplus of $44.5 million after hosting the event in 2003. 
The International Rugby Board (IRB) released a review of the tournament on Tuesday with record profits in almost every category. 
The ARU's acting chief executive officer Matt Carroll said that attendance figures were the standout and said the tournament was a greater success than the ARU could ever have anticipated. 
"I think the winner out of it all has been the game of rugby in Australia, it was profiled like never before and has therefore created opportunities for clubs, schools playing rugby, individual players, the state unions and of course the ARU," Carroll told AFP.  
Carroll used the examples of increases in Super 12 crowds and and junior participation numbers as evidence that the ARU's post-Cup initiatives were working. 
"The NSW Waratahs and ACT Brumbies crowds are up again from last year, the Waratahs had a record crowd for a match against a South African team," he said.  
"And in the case of Queensland, they are partly going to use the spin-off from the World Cup, Suncorp Stadium, to play the Waratahs match there at the end of Super 12." 

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