The list of the highest-paid rugby players in the world has been updated.
The likes of Matt Giteau and Dan Carter are effectively free agents which has changed the current Top 15 highest paid players.
According to WalesOnline, South Africa’s World Cup winning flyhalf Handre Pollard tops the list along with Bristol Bear and former All Black fullback Charles Piutau.
The report states that legendary playmaking duo Dan Carter and Matt Giteau are on contracts worth around £1.1m (NZ$2.2m/AU$2.1m) at Kobelco Steelers and Suntory Sungoliath, respectively, but both players are set to move on following the cancellation of this year’s Top League.
All Blacks skipper Kieran Read and Wallabies great David Pocock are other big earners in Japan but face uncertain futures while it is difficult to accurately estimate the earnings of someone like star All Blacks lock Brodie Retallick who is contract both to his Top League club Kobelco Steelers and the New Zealand Rugby Union.
WalesOnline have taken all of these factors into account to narrow the list down.
World’s highest-paid players:
15. Faf de Klerk (South Africa/Sale Sharks) – £500,000
14. Beauden Barrett (New Zealand/Blues) – £520,000
13. Finn Russell (Scotland/Racing 92) – £535,000
12. Johnny Sexton (Ireland/Leinster) – £536,000
10 = Manu Tuilagi (England/Leicester Tigers) – £550,000
10 = Stuart Hogg (Scotland/Exeter Chiefs) – £550,000
9. Michael Hooper (Australia/Waratahs) – £572,000
7 = Morgan Parra (France/Clermont) – £580,000
7 = Nicolas Sanchez (Argentina/Stade Francais) – £580,000
6. Dan Biggar (Wales/Northampton Saints) – £600,000
5. Steven Luatua (New Zealand/Bristol Bears) – £650,000
4. Owen Farrell (England/Saracens) – £750,000
3. Maro Itoje (England/Saracens) – £875,000
1 = Charles Piutau (New Zealand/Bristol Bears) – £1m
1 = Handre Pollard (South Africa/Montpellier) – £1m