The Top 5 Highest Paid Rugby Players In Ireland

The big earners.

Ireland recently secured the long-term services of the likes of Peter O’Mahony, Tadhg Furlong, Iain Henderson and CJ Stander on improved deals, with Rob Kearney and skipper Rory Best also committing until after the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

While some of the top players in England and France are earning as much as €1,000,000-a-season, the wages in Ireland for the top stars aren’t all that bad.

Ireland currently has 16 players tied down to central contracts, with many of them on around 400k+, as well a number of bonuses plus sponsorship deals.

Let’s take a look at the top five – who are all on 500k+.

Ireland’s Top 5 Earners.

Johnny Sexton – €650-700,000
There was only one way to get this man back from France – and it was to offer him a damn good contract. While his injury record isn’t the best at the times, there’s no doubting his ability. Alongside Murray he’s formed arguably the best halfback partnership in the world. The deal however, is heavily funded by Denis O’Brien.


Conor Murray – €550,000
Could probably make double this if he left – he’s that good. The best nine in world rugby, he’s worth every penny, if not more.

Sean O’Brien – €550,000
Has really struggled with injuries over the last few years, but is without doubt one of the best back-rows in world rugby when fit. We saw that on last summer’s British & Irish Lions tour.

Tadhg Furlong – €500,000+
The IRFU got off easy here. It’s a gigantic raise on his old deal, but Furlong’s stock is constantly on the rise. The best tighthead in the world right now and coveted by every country and club in the world.

Peter O’Mahony – €500,000
Played hardball with the IRFU earlier in the season to make sure he got the contract he felt he deserved. Likely to be Ireland’s next captain, so money well spent if you ask us.

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