The Top 10 Highest Paid Rugby Players In The World Right Now

Big bucks.

Springboks superstar Cheslin Kolbe shocked the world when he made the switch from Toulouse to Toulon back in August in a deal worth a reported €1m-a season.

The World Cup-winning winger was on a salary of €800k-a-season with reigning European champions Toulouse, with Toulon paying €1.6m to buy him out of the final two years of his contract.

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But the whopping salary only puts him fourth the standings when it comes to the highest-paid rugby players in the world right now. His Springbok teammate Handre Pollard tops the list with the Montpellier man on close to €1.2m-a-season, a salary Charles Piutau shares a Bristol Bears.

Another Springbok comes in at third with Eben Etzebeth on over a million at Toulon with the mercurial Finn Russell rounding off the top 5 with a matching salary to Kolbe at Racing 92. Check out the full list below in € with a graphic below that for £.

Top 10 Highest Paid Rugby Players

1. Handre Pollard – €1.185m
2. Charles Piutau – €1.185m
3. Eben Etzebeth – €1.06m
4. Cheslin Kolbe – €1m
5. Finn Russell – €1m
6. Virimi Vakatawa – €925k
7. Beauden Barrett – €925k
8. Maro Itoje – €885k+
9. Michael Hooper – €885k
10. Owen Farrell – €885k