Handre Pollard set to become Premiership's highest paid player - Ruck

Handre Pollard set to become Premiership’s highest paid player

Bath are weighing up a huge move for World Cup-winning fly-half Handre Pollard, according to reports in England, France, South Africa.

The 26-year-old, who earns around £700,000 per season with Montpellier, has reportedly been offered around £1m to move to the west country.

The black, blue and whites were in for the playmaker last year before he instead joined Montpellier after his 2019 World Cup triumph.

However, the superstar is now at the centre of a salary cap scandal in the Top 14, and could soon be on the move once again.

When Somerset Live asked Bath bos Stuart Hooper about the fly-half position for next season, he said: “That is one of the areas we’re looking to strengthen up.”


The 25-year-old has played for the Blue Bulls since 2013 before joining Montpellier but also did a season in Japan, playing for NTT DoCoMo Red Hurricanes.

South Africa Schools and Under-20 representation at three World Championships led to him making his full Springboks debut in 2014.

He now has 48 caps, scoring 457 points and has established himself as the Boks’ first-choice ten.


The highest paid players at every Gallagher Premiership club

Bath: Taulupe Faletau – £550,000

Bristol Bears: Charles Piutau – £1m

The former All Black full-back or wing, who surprised many by leaving New Zealand before reaching the peak of his powers, has allegedly become British rugby’s first million pound man.

Exeter Chiefs: Stuart Hogg – £500,000

The fullback signed a new deal recently, accepting a slight pay-cut.

Gloucester Rugby: Danny Cipriani – £380,000

The fly-half was on £190,000 to £200,000, which was a relatively modest wage for a player of his calibre and experience. It’s been reported that his new deal is closer to the £400,000 Toulon offered him.