For a long time, football and NBA fans know what their favourite players earn due to their dominance in the sports industry. Rugby is slowly joining these leagues, and the salaries paid to these athletes are in the limelight. How much does the highest paid rugby player make?
Although the athletes are not as highly paid as their soccer counterparts, investors are now pumping funds into rugby clubs in a bid to retain players. Countries like France, England, Scotland, and even our own South Africa have some of the highest paid rugby athletes in the world. So, who are the 15 highest paid players in the world in 2020?
15. Faf de Klerk, South Africa
Klerk was in South Africa's national team Springboks, which won the 2019 Rugby World Cup. He plays as a scrum-half for Sale Sharks in the English premiership. De Klerk signed with premiership club Sale Sharks in 2018, and he earns £500,000 a year, an equivalent of R11 million.
14. Beauden Barrett, New Zealand
Barrett is a two-time world rugby player of the year. He is currently signed with the New Zealand Blues after a high profile transfer from Hurricanes. Barrett is a fly half and full back for Taranaki in the Mitre 10 Cup. He was a key member of the New Zealand All Blacks 2015 Rugby World Cup team. He takes home £520,000 a year.
13. Finn Russell, Scotland
Russell moved from Glasgow Warriors to Racing 92 in 2018. He takes home double the amount he was earning from his former team, which is about £535,000 per year.
12. Johnny Sexton, Ireland
Sexton was named World Rugby Player of the year in 2018. Sexton is a fly-half and the only second Irish sportsman in history to win the award. He returned to his native team after a brief period with Racing 92. He earns approximately £536,000, and is the highest paid player in Ireland.
10. Manu Tuilagi, England
Manu is a midfielder who is an instrumental team member in the English national team. He is currently signed with Leicester Tigers, and he earns £550,000 per year.
10. Stuart Hogg, Scotland
Hogg is signed with Exciter Chiefs and was the highest paid sportsman in Scotland when he was with Glasgow Warriors. His move to the English team last year added £200,000 to his salary, making it £550,000.
9. Michael Hooper, Australia
Hooper is currently the highest paid player in Australia after signing a five-year contract with Rugby Australia in 2018. He is the team captain of Waratahs in Super Rugby and Australia's national team, Wallabies. He plays as an open side flanker. His salary stands at £572,000.
7. Morgan Parra, France
Parras is a half back in the French national team. He recently extended his contract with his team, Clermont Auvergne, and he takes home £580,000.
7. Nicolas Sanchez, Argentina
Sanchez plays for Stade Francais, a Paris based Top 14 club, as a fly-half since September 2019 after leaving Jaguares. He is the highest point scorer for the Argentinian Pumas. He takes home £580,000 per year.
6. Dan Biggar, Wales
He is a fly-half for Northampton Saints. He is the only Welshman on this list. He takes home £600,000 per year.
5. Steven Luatua, New Zealand
3. Owen Farrell, England
Farrell is arguably the best player in the sport today, although his salary does not match the title. He is signed with Saracens and takes home £875,000 per year.
3. Maro Itoje, England
Maro is Owen Farrell's teammate. He signed a deal worth almost £1 million with Allianz Park. He is the highest paid rugby player UK, and he earns £875,000.
1. Charles Piutau, New Zealand
He is a former All Blacks sportsman and is the only British player to ever earn £1 million. He plays for Bristol Bears and takes home £1 million.
Piutau is the highest paid rugby player in the world, together with Handre Pollard from South Africa.
1. Handre Pollard, South Africa
Pollard and Piutau are jointly the richest rugby sportsmen in the world. Pollard had signed with Blue Bulls in SouthAfrica before joining Montpellier in the French Top 14 in 2019. He plays for the South African national team Springboks that won the 2019 Rugby World cup. He earns £1 million. This makes pollard the highest paid rugby player 2020 in South Africa.
Frequently asked questions
In most countries, Rugby does not pay unless the athlete is signed by a rich club or a national team. It is a sport most people have no clue about unless it is during world cup when the coverage is heightened.
To understand the game and how much the sportsmen make, below is a list of questions frequently asked for ease of reference.
Who is the richest rugby player?
The richest player is Hollard Pollard from South Africa.
How much does a pro rugby player make?
Every contract is dependent on the athlete. The top players receive higher payments than the lower tier counterparts. In the USA, for example, the athlete contracts are held by the league and not the teams. They earn $25,000 while the figure goes up considerably if you sign up for the national team.
Who is the highest paid Welsh rugby player?
Dan Biggar is the highest paid player in Wales.
Who is the richest rugby player in South Africa?
Handre Pollard is the richest player in South Africa. He is reportedly paid £1 million. Springboks tripled his salary after he left his hometown team to join the top 14 side Montpellier in 2019.
Pollard also holds the record for the highest paid rugby player in South Africa 2019. Apart from these titles, Pollard is also the South African highest paid rugby player.
How much do rugby players earn in South Africa?
A South African player earns slightly over R1 million per season of Super Rugby. This amount does not include the bonuses paid after winning games.
How much do world cup rugby players get paid?
The teams are only paid bonuses by their associations based on how they perform on the pitch.
Who's the highest paid rugby player?
Charles Piutau from New Zealand and Handre Pollard from South Africa hold the title as of 2020.
Who is the highest paid rugby player of all time?
As a sport, rugby is quickly climbing up the ranks and will soon be a lucrative sport. We cannot wait to see what the game will be paying its players in a few years time.
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