England players wages revealed with £460k-a-season Marcus Smith the fourth highest earner - Ruck

England players wages revealed with £460k-a-season Marcus Smith the fourth highest earner

In a close examination of England’s top earners, two fly-halves and three formidable forwards have clinched spots on the coveted list.

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Observably, the remuneration landscape for England’s elite has undergone a shift in the past couple of years.

The salary ceiling within the Gallagher Premiership has undergone a downward revision, descending from a foundational threshold of £6.4m in the 2020/21 season to £5m in 2021/22 and the subsequent two campaigns. Notably, the allowance for marquee players, whose compensations transcend the cap, has dwindled from two to one.

Consequently, a notable exodus of high-earning English luminaries to foreign shores has materialized, exemplified by the departures of Courtney Lawes, Owen Farrell, and a cadre of others.

This phenomenon has prompted the Rugby Football Union (RFU) to contemplate the implementation of central contracts, aimed at deterring the migration of England’s star players overseas.

#5. Tom Curry (Sale Sharks) – £430,000

Curry became the youngest player to start an international for England in 90 years when he made his senior debut five days before his 19th birthday in Argentina on the 2017 summer tour.

Tom and Ben both studied at Oundle School – where the master in charge of rugby was their uncle and former England international John Olver.

The Sale Sharks flanker had a breakthrough season in 2016/17 and made his Twickenham bow in an uncapped game against the Barbarians in May 2017, after twin brother Ben had withdrawn because of a back spasm. The following month Tom appeared in the first Test against Argentina in San Juan – only Jonny Wilkinson has been a younger Test debutant for England.

He started every game of the 2019 Six Nations, scoring tries against Wales and Scotland and was part of the England squad that reached the 2019 Rugby World Cup final. His performances across that year saw him nominated for the World Rugby player of the year. 

He’s missed the 2024 Six Nations after undergoing serious hip surgery.