Rugby has never been known as the highest paid sport – youngsters don’t get into the game with dreams of Messi-esque salaries, but instead because of a love for the sport.
there are some players at the very top of the game who manage to rake in some
large salaries, such is their skill on the pitch and their allure off it.
we’ll be looking at the 10 highest paid rugby stars in the world, all of whom
play in one of two countries: England and France.
reading to see how much the world’s top rugby stars reportedly take home every
Morgan Parra – £620,000 ($862,800) p/a
At number 10 on the rugby rich list is Morgan Parra of France and Clermont.
scrum-half is hugely popular in his home country, where he is known as the petit général.
played over 70 times for France, plus he’s become a lynchpin of the Clermont
side, having taken to the field over 300 times for the French club.
might now be one of the older statesmen of French rugby, however his contract
is estimated to be worth around £620,000 per year.
Nicolas Sanchez – £620,000 ($862,800) p/a
The only Argentine in the list, Sanchez has played over 90 times for his national team, with his career highlight being scoring all 25 points scored by his team as they beat New Zealand for the first time in 2020.
The fly-half has played for Stade Français since 2018.
When joining the French team
from Jaguares, Sanchez was able to negotiate himself a significant pay rise. He
is now believed to be earning approximately £620,000 per year.
8. Dan Biggar – £640,000
Dan Biggar is one of Wales’ top players. The outside-half also plays for Northampton, joining the Saints in 2018 and winning the Premiership Rugby Cup with them the following year.
He’s got over 90 caps for Wales and, amongst other honours, was voted the 2015 BBC Wales Sports Personality of the Year.
When he signed with Northampton,
Biggar put pen to paper on one of the most lucrative contracts around. He now
earns approximately £640,000 per year playing for the Saints.
7. Steven Luatua – £700,000
This New Zealand lock plays for Bristol Bears and was an integral part of the team that won the Challenge Cup in 2020.
Despite his clear abilities on
the pitch, Luatua has only represented his country 15 times, with his last cap
being in 2016. This is because of his decision to start playing club rugby away
When joining Bristol, Luatua signed a large contract, which made up for having to side-line his international ambitions.
He currently earns around £700,000 per year playing for his domestic side.
6. Owen Farrell – £800,000
Owen Farrell is one of the most famous rugby players in the world. He plays both fly-half and inside-centre and is the captain of England.
He’s played over 90 times for his national team, as well as over 200 times for Saracens. He has scored over 1,000 points for England, making him the country’s second highest points scorer.
Farrell is certainly paid well
by Saracens, despite them dropping to the RFU Championship due to salary breaches.
His contract is currently thought to be worth around £800,000 per year.
It was recently announced that the England captain could be out of the game for up to three months following ankle surgery.
5. Maro Itoje – £825,000
Next on the list is Maro Itoje, who also plays for the Saracens.
The lock is also an integral part of the England set-up, and is regarded by many as the best player in the world in his position.
He has played over 130 times
for Saracens and has over 50 England caps.
Itoje’s contract is believed
to be worth about £825,000 per year.
4. Finn Russell – £850,000
The highest placed British player on this list, Finn Russell is an integral part of the Racing 92 team, as well as a key member of the Scottish national team.
He plays both centre and
fly-half and has played in over 50 games for Scotland and Racing 92 since
joining them in 2018.
There was some speculation that
Russell was going to leave Paris, however a huge pay rise in 2020 tempted him
to stay in the French capital. He now earns approximately £850,000 a year.
3. Eben Etzebeth – £900,000
South African lock Eben Etzebeth is a key member of the Springboks national team that won the 2019 World Cup, as well as a hugely influential player for French side Toulon, who he’s played for since 2019.
He’s appeared over 95 times
for his national team, and 27 times for Toulon.
Etzebeth signed a new deal
with Toulon in July 2020, agreeing to a contract that runs until 2023. Thanks
to this new contract, he is now paid an impressive £900,000 a year.
2. Handré Pollard – £1,000,000
In joint first place on this list is South African playmaker Handré Pollard.
The World Cup winning fly-half
moved to Montpellier in 2020, having previously played for Super Rugby side the
He has played over 60 times
for his national team and managed to score 22 points in the 2019 World Cup
When Pollard moved to Montpellier in 2020, he signed a contract that made him the joint highest paid player in the world. He currently earns approximately £1 million per year.
1. Charles Piutau – £1,000,000
Charles Piutau is a former New Zealand international who now plays for Bristol Bears.
The fullback has been consistently regarded as one
of the best players in Europe since 2015, playing first with Wasps and then
Ulster, before making the move to Bristol in 2018.
When Piutau moved to Bristol, he became the highest paid rugby player in the world, accepting a pay packet worth £1 million per year. He now shares this title with Handré Pollard.