England boss Steve Borthwick is the highest-paid rugby coach in the world - Ruck

England boss Steve Borthwick is the highest-paid rugby coach in the world

In the high-stakes world of international rugby coaching, pressure is relentless and rewards can be elusive. Coaches face swift dismissal if results falter, unless they opt to step down or retire.

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However, those who succeed at the highest level are rewarded handsomely for their expertise. Who are the top earners among rugby’s coaching elite? A recent report reveals the highest-paid coaches in the sport.

Here are the six figures leading the pack in earning power.

Highest-paid rugby coaches:

6) Warren Gatland (Wales) – £580,000 per year

Warren Gatland, the head coach of the Welsh national rugby team, commands a salary of £580,000 per year. Renowned for his tactical acumen and leadership, Gatland has been a transformative figure for Welsh rugby.

His current contract, which can extend until the end of the World Cup in 2027, underscores his enduring value, potentially totaling £2.32 million.

Known for his strategic prowess, Gatland has repeatedly led Wales to success on the international stage, including Six Nations triumphs, earning him a place among the sport’s top coaching earners.

5) Eddie Jones (Japan) – £600,000 per year

Eddie Jones, the head coach of the Japanese national rugby team, earns £600,000 annually. With a reputation for turning teams into formidable contenders, Jones’ coaching career includes notable successes with England and Australia (first stint, not second).

His innovative strategies and rigorous training methods have made significant impacts wherever he has coached. Now leading Japan once again, Jones is tasked with continuing the team’s development and competitive presence on the global stage, reflecting his high value and esteemed position in international rugby coaching.

Eddie Jones, Coach of Barbarians during the The Killik Cup Match between Barbarians and World XV at Twickenham Stadium on 28 May 2023. Photo: Tom Sandberg/PPAUK