The Rugby Football Union have revealed that they have achieved record financial results for 2011.
Revenue for the year from July 2010 to June 2011 increased by £24.3m to £136.3m, with operating profit up by £14.8m to £40.6m.
The retained profit for the year was £8.7m compared to a retained loss of £1.1m in 2009/10.
"In a year which presented many challenges, this is a significant achievement," said acting chief executive Martyn Thomas.
"The RFU's record revenues mean that the game benefits because although the union works to maximise profits, unlike a PLC we then invest this in the sport.
"These results put us in a very strong position for the lead-up to Rugby World Cup 2015 which will bring a unique opportunity to grow the game nationwide, while creating a lasting legacy."