15. Johnny Sexton (Leinster) – £536,000
12=. Rhys Webb (Toulon) – £550,000
His Wales career sadly ended when he signed for Toulon from the Ospreys with Webb not having enough caps to continue to be picked by Warren Gatland. However, a big pay packet in France will provide some consolation for the ace scrum-half.
12=. Manu Tuilagi (Leicester Tigers) – £550,000
The powerhouse centre signed a contract extension early in 2019, believed to be around a 25 per cent increase on his previous £450,000-a-year deal that will net him more than £1m over the next two seasons, to see him stay at Welford Road until the 2021 British and Irish Lions tour of South Africa.
12=. Stuart Hogg (Exeter Chiefs) – £550,000
The Scotland fullback was the highest paid player at Glasgow Warriors (£350,000) but added another healthy chunk to his pay-packet by joining the Premiership side.
11. Morgan Parra (Clermont Auvergne) – £570,000
The Clermont Auvergne scrum-half star is a precious commodity in France because he’s also a top-class goal-kicker and is a hugely popular figure with the country’s rugby watchers.