World rugby invested 482 million between 2016 and 2019, this is mainly funded by the Rugby World Cup. This is a rise of 38%.
Amazingly 90% of the revenue made by World Rugby is made by the commercial success of the Rugby World Cup. The 20 teams and all their fans buying tickets and the advertising that goes around the event. There has been an increase in a million people playing in the game in Asia.
World Rugby have recently released £18.6 million of funding over three years for developing rugby nations Canada, the USA, Japan, Romania, Fiji, Samoa and Tonga. Argentina will also receive additional support to enable it to retain its tier one status. The money, built up from successful World Cups, was released following a report commissioned by World Rugby highlighting the growing disparity between tier one and tier two nations. This is in addition to the £10–12 million it normally gives out grants and tournament costs. The emphasis is on three areas infrastructure, high performance units and cross border competitions.
It was announced in April 2016 that tier-3 rugby nations Georgia, Portugal, Tunisia and Russia were identified as the key investment nations over the next three years. The program is designed to increase the competitiveness of international rugby union.