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Rugby Union’s Average Salaries By Position

The average salaries of rugby players in the PRO14 and Aviva Premiership have been revealed.

The fascinating data shows which positions are the most valued by clubs in each competition, and the difference between what stars in England, Wales, Ireland and Scotland can expect to be paid.

Top sports agency, Esportif Intelligence, has collected data over a number of years from various avenues, sifted through it and come up with some fascinating information.

Although, for obvious reasons, they cannot discuss the actual salaries of their individual clients, they disclosed the average figure in the Aviva Premiership was about £200,000 a man last season.

That was some 15%, or £30,000 a year, more than in the PRO12, and the gulf is set to widen to 20% this season with England’s flagship benefiting from a rise in television and other revenue.

Esportif have produced a graphic outlining which positions got paid the most in the 2016-17 Premiership and PRO12 (it did not include Italy’s two teams).

As most would suspect, outside-half was the highest earner in each tournament, with the lowest in the Aviva being blindside flanker while it was tight-head prop in the PRO12.

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