Handre Pollard set to become Premiership’s highest paid player

Newcastle Falcons: Toby Flood – £250,000

Northampton Saints: Dan Biggar – £500,000

Wales’ ‘Governor’ was a catalyst for the Ospreys, being a superb club man and racking up a points record. But he decided to sample life “outside the goldfish bowl” of Wales with a big money offer enticing him to Northampton Saints.

Sale Sharks: Manu Tuilagi – £350,000

The centre took a £100,000 paycut to join the Sharks after leaving Leicester. He is reportedly set to take Tigers to court to recoup his loss of earnings.