Rugby is one of toughest sport in the world but despite its difficult nature, players do not walk away with their car boots full of money at the end of the week or year like other sports.
In the Forbes list of highest paid players in the world 2016, there was no single rugby player in top 100 list of best paid stars. The list was full of names from football, tennis, racing golf and boxing.
The question is how much does the highest paid rugby player take home? Scrummage.co.ke takes you through the list of best paid players in the world.
Going by the list published by NewsHub and SA Magazine in February 2017, rugby players who feature for rugby clubs in France earn more in the world and that has been the reason why many stars have crossed over to the European nation.
Here is the top 10 list:
10 – Manu Tuilagi/Leicester Tigers €540,000) per season
The Samoan born Centre who plays for England earns up to Ksh 63 Million in just one season. The 26 year old has been with the side for the last three seasons.
9 – Bryan Habana/Toulon – (€570,000) per season
The 33 year old winger is reportedly to be earning Ksh.66 Million in a season. Habana who has several honours to his name including the 2007 15s World Cup with South Africa is the fifth highest paid in French Outfit Toulon.
8 – Charles Piutau/Ulster – (€600,000) per season
At the age of 25, the All Blacks Fullback who plies his trade with Irish outfit Ulster is among the highest paid players in the world. The back earns up to Ksh. 69.5 Million in a single season in Ireland. After impressing at Wasps the fullback was signed by Ulster on a deal of kshs 132 Million for two years.
7 – Johnny Sexton/Leinster – (€600,000) per season
The flyhalf who can also play in the fullback positions is the highest played player in Ireland. Leinster had to make him the highest paid player to lure him from French side Racing 92. He pockets up Kshs 69.6 Million in a single season.
6 – Ma’a Nonu/Toulon – (€600,000) per season
The centre who plays for Toulon in France is the fourth highest paid player at the club. In a season he walks away with more than Kshs 69.6 Million. The world cup winner with New Zealand in 2015 and 2011 joined the French side in 2015.
5 – Leigh Halfpenny/Toulon – (€600,000) per season
The third highest record points scorer in Wales history is also the third highest paid player in Toulon. The 28 year old signed a deal close to a billion and earns close to Ksh.s 70 Million a season. He has now become a regular in Toulon back line.
4 – Aaron Cruden/Montpellier -(€800,000) per season
The Montpellier flyhalf pockets close to 93 Million in a season. The amount makes him the fourth highest paid in the world and France. The side paid 372 million to lure the world cup to the third largest city in France.
3 – Matt Giteau/Toulon – (€1.08 million) per season
125 Million is what the 34 year old earns from Toulon. His contract expired this June and he was expected to make big money move to Japan but the move will not happen after he took a coaching role at the club. He is currently the backs coach.
2 – Dan Carter/Racing 92 – (€1.67million) per season
Daniel William Carter commonly known as Dan Carter crossed over to Racing Metro in 2015 and he is the second paid player in the World. He tops list of highest paid players in New Zealand. Carter who has won the World Cup, Six Tri Nations, Super Rugby title four times with Crusaders, IRB player of the year three times (same as Richie McCaw ) is paid ksh194 Million in a season.
1 – Ayumu Goromaru/Toulon – (€1.67 million)
The Japan full back walks away with over 194 Million in a season. He joined the Touloun in June 2016 and he is expected to leave since he is out of contract and has had less playing time due to competition from Leigh Halfpenny. In the 2016/17 Top 14 season he has started only five times.