When it comes to the top-paid sportspeople, male footballers take the cake. However, as the highest-paid rugby players per season prove, you would be a fool to think that all the big money is limited to footie.
The list below focuses on the five top spots. Even so, the list includes six top-paid players, thanks to the number one spot being shared by two of them.
Steve Luatua – £650,000
New Zealander Steve Luatua was born on 29 April 1991. He currently plays for the Bristol Bears in the English Premiership, although he first made his name in the sport in his home country.
The lock and loose forward’s All Blacks debut came in 2013, when he joined the team in a game against France on 22 June. Luatua reportedly receives £650,000 per season.
Aaron Cruden – £680,000
Born on 8 January 1989, Aaron Cruden plays for the Chiefs, a rugby union team based in Hamilton, New Zealand. He also has played for Manawatu and Montpellier. Usually a fly-half, Cruden played his first game for the All Blacks when the team faced Ireland in a test match on 30 May 2010. The player reportedly earns £680,000 per season. Some people do not play rugby. They prefer to spin and win with online Roulette.
Owen Farrell – £750,000
English captain and Saracens player, Owen Farrell made his international rugby debut in 2012. He also has played for the British and the Irish Lions, and he has been nominated as World Rugby Player of the Year three times. Reported to earn £750,000 per season, he also is one of the world’s top-earning players.
Farrell is often seen at inside centre, although he has said that he prefers being fly half. He is known for linking his index fingers to make what is known as the ‘JJ’ sign whenever he scores a point. The two-finger salute refers to Joining Jack, a charity that supports people living with Duchenne muscular dystrophy.
Charles Piutau – £1,000,000
Born on 31 October 1991, Salesi Tu’ipulotu Piutau is better known to rugby fans as Charles Piutau. The New Zealander rugby union player has played fullback and wing for the All Blacks as well as for the UK-based Bristol Bears. His club debut came in 2010, the year after he graduated from high school. In 2013, Piutau was appointed to the All Blacks training squad, and went on to make his international debut in a match against France on 22 June. He is said to earn £1,000,000 per season.
Matt Giteau and Dan Carter – £1,100,000
With seasonal earnings of £1,100,000 each, Matt Giteau and Dan Carter share the top spot. Australian Matthew Giteau was born on 29 September 1982. He plays for Japanese team Suntory Sungoliath, and he is usually seen in the positions of fly-half or inside centre.
New Zealander Dan Carter was born on 5 March 1982. One of the best fly-halves the game has ever seen, Carter plays for Japanese team the Kobelco Steelers as well as for the All Blacks.