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Big Earners In The World Of Rugby

Sebastian Langer 0

The success of the 1995 World Cup Rugby – hosted by South Africa – was the catalyst to move rugby from the amateur to the professional arena. Backed by the IRB, which declared Rugby Union club members salaried, rugby players are today some of the highest paid sports people in the world.

Of these former Springbok fly half Handré Pollard and former Springbok scrum half, Faf de Klerk rate among the highest paid in their field.

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Handré Pollard

South Africa’s star rugby performer at the 2019 World Cup hosted in Japan, Handré Pollard joined Charles Piutau of New Zealand’s Bristol Bears in holding the title of Europe’s richest rugby player. 2019 is when Handré signed on to Montpellier, the Top 14 club in France. Only 26-years old, the pivot originally represented Super Rugby’s Bulls and is still a favourtie at

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Charles Piutau

An Auckland Blues player, Charles Piutau played for the All Blacks as much as 17 times before he was head-hunted by English club, the Wasps. In 2015, he signed on to Ulster’s PRO 14 side in Ireland. With his gameplay turning heads, England’s Bristol Bears wasted no time in clinching a contract with him three years later. It’s a contract that has seen him earn a per-season million-pound income ever since.


Owen Farrell

Captain for England Rugby Union, Owen Farrell is proud member of Saracens where he is making as much as £750 000 per season.

Farrell is a former member of New Zealand’s British and Irish Lions. He heralds from a family of rugby lovers, of which his father Andy Farrell is the helm as Head Coach of the Irish team.


Steven Luatua

England’s Bristol Bears scored big time when they contracted in Steven Luatua three years ago. At £650,000 a season, it was a smart move that saw Steven centrestage at the RFU Championship.

As a former All Blacks player, Steven had 15 test plays under his belt before he made the move.


Nicolas Sanchez

Joining the line of top earners in the rugby world is Argentine, Nicolas Sanchez, who today is contracted into Paris’ Top 14 club, Stade Francais. At £580,000 a season, this fly-half has worked his way up the career ladder working for a line of French clubs such as Bordeaux, Toulon and finally Jaguares before making his move to Stade Francais.

With far-reaching international appeal, Sanchez has 77 caps under his belt.


Morgan Parra

With 71 international caps, Morgan Parra is France’s much-loved scrum-half, although he has been known to play fly-half at times.

At 31 years of age, it was thought recently that Morgan’s career would forever be at a standstill. It was with much fanfare that French club, Clermont extended his contract.


Faf de Klerk

With an annual pay package of £500 000, Faf de Klerk is Sale Sharks’ much-loved scrum-half who continues to make headlines for all the right reasons. He is known for his recent top performance at the World Cup as part of SA’s Springboks, and today continues to thrill crowds when playing for his Manchester-based club at the English Premiership.

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