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WRU CEO unhappy with Lions profit split

Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) CEO Roger Lewis has said that the money distribution situation from British and Irish Lions tours needs to be addressed by the home nations.

The Lions are currently on a nine-game tour of Australia, with a final pot of around £6 million, mainly from sponsorship, to be shared between England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. The Australian Rugby Union (ARU), however, is expected to generate a total profit in the region of £40 million.

Lewis said: “This is the subject of much debate at the moment, in terms of the monies generated by the Lions. The majority, by a country mile, of the revenue generated goes to the host country, so in this case it's Australia.

“For the home unions, the numbers are relatively modest. You are in the low figures of millions to be shared between the four of us. So it is not a significant revenue generator.”