Many people think rugby is not that popular a sport around the world, and it gets attention only during the Rugby World Cup, the Six Nations Championship or the Rugby Championship. Well, rugby (league) is among the most popular sports in England, Australia, France, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and Tonga. Countries like Fiji, Madagascar, Wales, New Zealand, Georgia, Samoa and Tonga have adopted rugby (union) as their de facto national sport. Rugby union is played in over 100 countries worldwide, and the IRB has over 100 full members and 18 associate members. Rugby’s major domestic competitions include the Top 14 in France, the Currie Cup in South Africa, the English Premiership in England and the ITM Cup in New Zealand.
These competitions are always tough, and to win the league the clubs in these domestic competitions are paying players high salaries to motivate them maintain their peak performance. But, rugby players do not usually earn as high as the top, most successful players involved in Football (Soccer), Tennis, Baseball, Golf or many other sports.top 10 players who are being paid the most money in the French Top 14 League, and ultimately they are the highest paid rugby players in the world. Clubs like Toulon, Racing Metro and a few others in the league have been spending big on players, and many of their big names are earning high figures. Without further ado, here we take a look at the top 10 highest-paid rugby players in the world 2016.
Top 10 Highest-Paid Rugby Players in the World 2016
Jonny Wilkinson :-
Jonathan Peter “Jonny” Wilkinson OBE is an English rugby union player and former member of the England national team. Jonny Wilkinson is one of the world’s best rugby union players with a monthly salary of €56,000. He currently plays for the French Top 14 side Toulon, and is a former England national team member. Wilkinson was a key player in the 2003 Rugby World Cup-winning England squad. He scored a drop goal in the last minute of extra time against Australia in the final. The 34-year old then suffered several injuries but came back to lead England to the 2007 Rugby World Cup Final.
- Salary :- $76,400 USD per month
- Born: May 25, 1979 (age 34), Frimley, United Kingdom
- Height: 1.77 m
- Weight: 89 kg
- Siblings: Mark Wilkinson
- Books: Jonny: My Autobiography, Lions and Falcons: My Diary of a Remarkable Year
- Parents: Philipa Wilkinson, Phil Wilkinson
Jonathan Sexton :-
Jonathan ‘Johnny’ Sexton is an Irish rugby union player. He plays for Racing Métro 92 and Ireland. Sexton is registered to Racing Metro 92. He plays as Fly-half, but has also played at different positions in the back-line.Jonathan Sexton is an Irish Rugby Union player who currently plays for the French Top 14 side Racing Metro. His favored position is fly-half, but he has also played at different positions in the back-line. He has been an emiment figure to Irish and club rugby due to his defensive play and good passing in offense. The 28-year-old is the kick taker for both club and country.
- Salary :- $71,000 USD per month
- Born: July 11, 1985 (age 28), Dublin, Republic of Ireland
- Height: 1.89 m
- Weight: 92 kg
- Education: St. Mary’s College, Dublin
Bryan Habana :-
Bryan Gary Habana is a South African rugby union player who plays as a wing for Toulon in the French Top 14 competition, as well as 2007 Rugby World Cup champions Springboks. Bryan Habana is a South African Rugby Union player whose favored position is the wing. He currently plays for the French Top 14 side Toulon and the 2007 Rugby World Cup champions Springboks. He made his international debut for South Africa in the 2003-04 World Sevens Series, and was a star in the country’s World Cup-winning squad in 2007. The 30-year-old scored 8 tries during the World Cup, equalling the record set by Jonah Lomu in 1999.
- Salary :- $68,200 USD per month
- Born: June 12, 1983 (age 30), Johannesburg, South Africa
- Height: 1.79 m
- Weight: 88 kg
- Career start: 2004
- Spouse: Janine Viljoen (m. 2009)
- Education: King Edward VII School, Rand Afrikaans University
Morgan Parra :-
Morgan Parra is a rugby union player who plays as a Scrum half and occasionally Fly-half. He plays for Clermont Auvergne in the Top 14 after signing for them from Bourgoin.Morgan Parra currently plays for France at the international level and for Clermont Auvergne in the French Top 14 league. His favored position is scrum half, but he occasionally plays at the fly-half position as well. The 25-year-old made his international debut for France at the age of 19 in a match against Scotland at the 2008 Six Nations Championship.
- Salary :- $62,800 USD per month
- Born: November 15, 1988, Metz, France
- Height: 1.80 m
- Weight: 77 kg
Thierry Dusautoir :-
Thierry Dusautoir is a French rugby union player who currently plays for France at international level and Toulouse in the French Top 14 club competition.Dusautoir is a graduate chemical engineer as well. He started to focus on rugby as a career when he was 16. Before that, his favorite sport was Judo. He is well renowned for being a strong ball carrier, possessing good speed and the right amount of strength to break tackles. The 32-year-old made his international debut for France on June 17, 2006, in a test against Romania. He currently has a monthly salary of €43,000, and is Toulouse’s highest-paid player.
- Salary :- $58,700 USD per month
- Born: November 18, 1981 (age 32), Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire
- Height: 1.88 m
- Weight: 100 kg
Dimitri Szarzewski :-
Dimitri Szarzewski is a French rugby union footballer, currently playing for Racing Metro 92 in the Top 14. His usual position is at hooker, and he has also represented France.Dimitri Szarzewski is a French Rugby Union footballer whose favored position is at hooker. He made his debut for AS Beziers Herault in 2002, and played five matches with the team in the 2002-03 Heineken Cup and the 2003-04 European Challenge Cup as well. The 31-year-old made his international debut for France on July 10, 2004, in a match against Canada. Szarzewski played 3 matches during the 2006 Six Nations Championship, scoring a try in the 21-16 victory over Wales.
- Salary :- $55,900 USD per month
- Born: January 26, 1983 (age 31), Narbonne, France
- Height: 1.80 m
- Weight: 102 kg
Carl Hayman :-
Carl Hayman is an international rugby union footballer who has played at tighthead prop for Otago at provincial level, the Highlanders in the Super 14 and the All Blacks at international level.Carl Hayman is a New Zealand International Rugby Union footballer who currently plays for the French Top 14 side Toulon. He played as a tighthead prop for the Otago at regional level, the Highlanders in the Super 14 and the All Blacks at international level. During 2007, it was rumored that every top club in Europe had been chasing Hayman, but he chose to join the Newcastle Falcons at that time.
- Salary :- $55,900 USD per month
- Born: November 14, 1979 (age 34), Opunake, New Zealand
- Height: 1.94 m
- Weight: 115 kg
- Education: King’s High School, Dunedin
Bakkies Botha :-
John Philip “Bakkies” Botha, is a South African rugby union player who plays lock for the Springboks. Bakkies Botha is one of the most decorated and highest paid players in world rugby. He won the 2007 Rugby World Cup in France and two Tri Nations titles in the 2004 Tri Nations Series as well as the 2009 Tri Nations Series with South Africa. He also won the “Vodacom Cup” in 2001 and the “Currie Cup” in 2002, 2004 and 2009, all with the Blue Bulls. The 34-year-old’s favored position is lock, and he currently plays for Toulon in the French Top 14 league.
- Salary :- $55,900 USD per month
- Born: September 22, 1979 (age 34), Newcastle, South Africa
- Height: 2.02 m
- Weight: 124 kg
Jamie Roberts :-
Dr. Jamie Roberts is a Welsh international rugby union player whose favoured position is at centre. Having played for Cardiff Blues in the Pro12 league, he announced in July 2013 that he had signed for Racing Métro 92 in the French Top 14. Jamie Roberts is a Welsh international rugby union player who currently plays for the French Top 14 side Toulon. His favored position is at center but he has often been utilized on the wing position and as a fullback. He was a member of the Wales squad that won the 2012 Six Nations Championship Wales’ third Grand Slam in eight years. The 27 year old started all five games and scored one try in Wales’ 24-3 defeat of Italy.
- Salary :- $54,600 USD per month
- Born: November 8, 1986 (age 27), Newport, United Kingdom
- Height: 1.93 m
- Weight: 110 kg
- Education: Cardiff University
Matt Giteau :-
Matthew James Giteau is an Australian rugby union footballer a former international player who now plays for the French Top 14 side Toulon. During his career he gained 61 Super Rugby caps and 92 Test caps. Giteau is a utility back. Matt Giteau is an Australian rugby union footballer who currently plays for the French Top 14 side Toulon. His usual playing positions are inside center fly-half and halfback although he started his career as a scrum half. He made his debut for the ACT Brumbies in 2001 and the Wallabies in 2002. He was nominated for the International Rugby Board Player of the Year Award in 2004. During his career, Giteau gained 92 Test caps for Australia and 61 Super Rugby caps.
- Salary :- 54,600 USD per month
- Born: September 29, 1982 (age 31), Sydney, Australia
- Height: 1.78 m
- Weight: 85 kg
- Spouse: Bianca Giteau (m. 2010)
- Education: St Edmund’s College, Canberra