Top 13 Richest Rugby Players in the World
Rugby is one of many variations of what Americans call football, and was born in the British Isles in the late 1800s. Rugby itself has a few versions, and the smaller teams with more scoring was what we saw at the Olympics. Many countries have professional rugby leagues, and just like other footballers of different kinds around the world, they are well paid. The top starts are pretty rich. The Toulon side from France has several on our list of the richest so they may be the New York Yankees of rugby. Whether that translates to championships remains to be seen. Here are the best paid rugby players in the world.
David Pocock’s Net Worth- $1.9 Billion AUD
It has not happened yet, but David Pocock of the Wasps, of England, could be among the highest paid rugby players in the world very soon with a salary of more than 1.4 million pounds. He is currently playing in Australia, and the Coventry club in England is working hard to pull off the deal.
Ayumu Goromaru’s Net Worth- $15 Million
Ayumu Goromaru plays for the Queensland Reds, and his other deals make him among the richest at about 1.4 million pounds. He is from Japan, and has a lot of commercial deals in Japan that add to his worth.
Dan Carter’s Net Worth- $13 Million
Dan Carter, Racing 91, makes 1.4 million pounds per year. He seems well worth it too, and is regarded as the best player in the world, certainly the best half fly. He also plays for the New Zealand national team, and he has dominated every phase of the game. He has been a nominee for IRB player of the year five times. He is the greatest all time international point scorers as well.
Matt Giteau’s Net Worth- $17 Million
Matt Giteau, Toulon, makes 900,000 pounds per year, and played for the Australian national team from 2002 to 2011 when he made the move to France. He helped them win three European Cup titles. Australia has managed to get him back on to their international team, He helped them to the World Cup finals.
Leigh Halfpenny’s Net Worth- $8 Million
Leigh Halfpenny, also plays for Toulon and makes 600,000 pounds. He is from Wales and has the third most points scored for that country. He scored 14 points in the European Cup finals in 2015 helping Toulon to the title.
Ma’a Nonu, plays for Toulon and makes 600,000 pounds. He signed with Toulon after the World Cup in 2015, after having played for New Zealand for several years.
Sam Burgess’ Net Worth- $5 Million
Sam Burgess is an Australian and makes 500,000 pounds per year. His father was also a famous rugby player, and his two brothers are also professionals. He played for the Bradford Bulls and South Sydney. He switched to Rugby Union in 2014, and helped England, but is now switching back to Rugby League.
Jonathan Sexton’s Net Worth- $5 Million
Jonathan Sexton is Irish and makes 494,000 pounds per year. He began at St. Marys College in Dublin, and has played for Leinster and Irelands National team since 2009. He is a great defender and passer. He is one of the league’s most well rounded players.
Bryan Habana’s Net Worth- $15 Million
Bryan Habana plays for Toulon, and makes 474,000 pounds per year. He scored a try in his first Rugby test match, and blossomed from there. He was a star in the 2007 world cup and was IRB player of the year. He seemed to face a bit, but has been strong since signing with Toulon in 2013.
Morgan Parra’s Net Worth- $7 Million
Morgan Parra plays for the French National team and makes 438,000 pounds a year. He is small in stature but big on talent. He made the French National team at age 19 in 2008. He is also known as a strong and vocal leader on the team, and helped France to a 2010 Six Nations title.
Theirry Dusautoir’s Net Worth-$1.2 Million
Theirry Dusautoir is from the Ivory Coast and is now a member of France’s national team, making 408,000 pounds. He also plays for Toulouse. He is a fast flanker, and was captain of the 2011 French team that reached the world cup final and was player of the year that year.
Bakkies Botha’s Net Worth- $23.9 Million
Bakkies Botha is a South African native and makes 389,000 pounds per year. He is a tough competitor and has been accused of going over the line, but he delivers. Playing for Toulon, he helped his team win three European Cup titles.
Jamie Roberts Net Worth- $5 Million
Jamie Roberts makes 380,000 pounds a year, and is an imposing figure on the field. He is a big and powerful player. He played for the Cardiff Blues from 2007 through 2013, and then joined Racing 92. In 2015 he joined Harlequin and is still going strong.