Owen Farrell is now the highest-paid player in world rugby - Ruck

Owen Farrell is now the highest-paid player in world rugby

Within the realm of professional sports, rugby boasts a cohort of top earners whose salaries often rival those of elite athletes in more mainstream sports.

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The recent disclosure of the earnings of some of rugby’s most prominent figures illuminates the lucrative landscape at the pinnacle of the sport.

As reported by Wales Online, let’s delve deeper into the earnings of today’s highest-paid rugby players.

Handre Pollard (South Africa) – £610,000

Formerly earning over £1 million at Montpellier, Pollard took a pay cut at Leicester Tigers, now earning £610,000 annually.

Steven Luatua (Samoa) – £620,000

Representing Samoa post-All Black career, Luatua earns £620,000 yearly at Bristol Bears since 2017.

Antoine Dupont (France) – £700,000

Toulouse’s star scrum-half, Dupont, commands a reported £700,000 salary, possibly changing due to Olympic Sevens and potential Japanese stint.

Antoine Dupont, Captain of Italy is interviewed during the 2023 Guinness Six Nations Media Launch at County Hall, Lambeth, London on Monday 23rd January 2023 | Photo: James Fearn/PPAUK.

Dan Biggar (Wales) – £800,000

Biggar’s move to Toulon from Northampton Saints saw a salary boost to £800,000, making him Wales’ highest-paid player.

Siya Kolisi (South Africa) – £800,000

Siya Kolisi, the inspirational Springbok captain, has enjoyed considerable success both on and off the field. His reported salary of £800,000 at Racing 92 reflects his value to the team and his standing as one of the sport’s most influential figures.

Siya Kolisi, Captain of South Africa celebrates after the Rugby World Cup Final match between New Zealand and South Africa at Stade De France, Paris on 29 October 2023 (Photo: Micah Crook/PPAUK)

Maro Itoje (England) – £800,000

Maro Itoje, the towering English lock, has been the subject of considerable speculation regarding his future earnings. While his reported salary of £800,000 with Saracens is impressive, potential hybrid deals with the RFU could see his income increase even further, highlighting his importance to both club and country.

Maro Itoje of England during the Six Nations Match between England and Wales at Twickenham, London on 10 February 2024 (Photo: Tom Sandberg/PPAUK)