2019 Rugby World Cup: Highest paid player from each nation

Ahead of this year’s Rugby World Cup, we look at who should be each countries best player based on their pay packet.

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Ireland: Johnny Sexton – £536,000

Happy back at Leinster and being “looked after” in terms of money and the number of matches in which he plays by the Irish Rugby Union.

Johnny Sexton of Ireland celebrates after the six Nations Championship match, between England and Ireland at Twickenham Stadium, London , UK, on the 17th March 2017. (Photo:Dean Lancaster/PPAUK)

Scotland: Finn Russell – £535,000

Has doubled his money by succeeding Carter at Racing 92 after switching from Glasgow Warriors with the Scottish Rugby Union unable to come anywhere near matching the money he was offered to cross the English Channel.


Japan: Ayumu Goromaru – £650,000

For a while, the highest-earning rugby player in the world during his stints with Toulon and Queensland Reds, the fullback is still making big money back in Japan where he plays for Yamaha Júbilo.


Russia: Andrei Ostrikov – £75,000

He’s leaving Sale, but has had a fantastic seven years at the AJ Bell Stadium.


Samoa: Tim Nanai-Williams – £150,000

The versatile back signed a bumper three-year contract with French champions Clermont Auvergne in December 2017.

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