There’s a familiar face at No.1, but who else is on the 2022 rugby rich list?
RUCK.co.uk examines the top 10 highest-paid players in the world. We’ve based our figures on reports from Forbes, reputable news outlets and a variety of official sources to get us as close to the mark as possible.
All figures mentioned are before tax and do not include the array of bonuses and extra fees stashed away in the fine print of every contract. Players’ various sponsorship deals are also not included but, in some cases, add zeroes to the end of their pay cheques.
Highest-paid rugby players 2021/22
#9=. Owen Farrell (Saracens) – £750k
The England skipper is heading into the final year of his contract at Saracens and is reported to be earning a substantial amount of money on his current deal with a number of unknown bonuses thought to be included.
#9=. Michael Hooper (Toyota Verblitz) – £750k
Last season he took a sabbatical in Japan and is reported to have been earning £750,000 with Toyota Verblitz.
#8. Beauden Barrett (Suntory Sungoliath) – £780k
On his year out in Japan with Suntory Sungoliath last year, the Daily Mail reports Barrett earned £780,000.
#7. Virimi Vakatawa (Gloucester) – £780k
Last year, Les Bleus’ centre signed a huge contract with Racing 92, according to reports in France.