Friday 15 December 2017

With David Pocock poised to sign record breaking contract, here are rugby's 10 highest earners

From Halfpenny to Habana, here are the 10 highest earning players in rugby.

David Pocock, Wasps: €1.8m+ (if it happens)

Wasps have made an audacious attempt to bring David Pocock to the Premiership in a potential deal that would make the Australia flanker the highest-paid rugby player in the world. The Premiership club have already put feelers out to his representatives and have indicated that they would offer him a package in excess of the £1.4 million that Racing 92 are paying Dan Carter.

Ayumu Goromaru, Queensland: €1.8m

The Queensland Reds and Japan full-back has reportedly overtaken Dan Carter as the highest-paid player in the world. French media last week named him as the world's best-paid player, mostly thanks to commerical deals in Japan, and French TV station Canal Plus have linked him with Toulon next season.

Dan Carter, Racing 92: €1.8m

The legendary New Zealand fly-half is currently the world's highest-paid player after joining big-spending Racing 92 following the Rugby World Cup. He became rugby's first 'million pound player' in doing so.

Matt Giteau, Toulon: €1.2m

Following interest from Racing 92, Giteau held all the aces and signed a lucrative new contract worth £900,000-a-season at Toulon in September 2014.

Leigh Halfpenny, Toulon: €770,000

Halfpenny left Cardiff Blues in January 2014 after agreeing a record deal with Toulon that saw him become the highest-paid Welshman of all time.

Ma'a Nonu, Toulon: €770,000

The World Cup-winning All Black retired from international rugby after the RWC and was unveiled as one of Toulon's big-money signings.

Jonathan Sexton, Leinster: £650,000

The out-half is the highest earner on the IRFU's payroll. His big-money move to Racing 92 didn't work out, but his return to Leinster hasn't seen his wages diminish.

Charles Piutau, Ulster: €650,000

The All Blacks were furious when Piutau decided to play abroad and although he is currently playing for Wasps this season, before he heads to Ulster next term on a two-year deal worth €1.3m.

Bryan Habana, Toulon: €600,000

Following spells at Golden Lions, Blue Bulls, Western Province and Stormers, the powerful wing settled at Toulon where he earns just shy of half a million quid a year.

Manu Tuilagi, Leicester: €575,000

The England centre signed a new three-season contract with the Tigers to become the highest-paid player in English rugby following interest from Worcester, Wasps, Saracens and lots of French clubs.

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