The Top 15 Highest Paid Rugby Players In The World Right Now

High-rollers.

There’s been a lot of talk about sports stars’ salaries as a result of the ongoing pandemic that has brought the sporting world to a complete and utter standstill for the last few weeks.

Players in pretty much every sport all over the world have been forced to take pay-cuts or deferrals as clubs and organisations continue to lose income without live events.

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We all know that the likes of footballers in England and NFL players in America get paid absolutely astronomical figures in the millions every year – but how much do their rugby counterparts earn?

When you consider the sheer brutality of the sport and amount of games played each year – not a lot in comparison.

Their salaries are nothing to be scoffed at once you get to the very top and are usually backed up by multiple sponsorship deals, but in all fairness – it’s by no means ‘crazy’ money like in other sports.

Here’s what the Top 15 players in the world are earning right now according to WalesOnline. Does anyone on that list surprise you?

Top 15 Highest Paid Rugby Players in the World 2020

15. Faf de Klerk (South Africa/Sale Sharks) – £500,000 (€571,000)
14. Beauden Barrett (New Zealand/Blues) – £520,000 (€594,000)
13. Finn Russell (Scotland/Racing 92) – £535,000 (€611,000)
12. Johnny Sexton (Ireland/Leinster) – £536,000 (€612,000)
11. Manu Tuilagi (England/Leicester Tigers) – £550,000 (€628,000)
10. Stuart Hogg (Scotland/Exeter Chiefs) – £550,000 (€628,000)
9. Michael Hooper (Australia/Waratahs) – £572,000 (€654,000)
8. Morgan Parra (France/Clermont) – £580,000 (€663,000)
7. Nicolas Sanchez (Argentina/Stade Francais) – £580,000 (€663,000)
6. Dan Biggar (Wales/Northampton Saints) – £600,000 (€686,000)
5. Steven Luatua (New Zealand/Bristol Bears) – £650,000 (€743,000)
4. Owen Farrell (England/Saracens) – £750,000 (€857,000)
3. Maro Itoje (England/Saracens) – £875,000 (€1m)
2. Charles Piutau (New Zealand/Bristol Bears) – £1m (€1.1m)
1. Handre Pollard (South Africa/Montpellier) – £1m (€1.1m)