#4. Eben Etzebeth (Toulon) – £900,000
Toulon have developed the unfortunate habit of paying players ludicrous salaries in the last decade, but handing the Springbok powerhouse a big contract looked liked good business from the three-time European champions.
However, he’s yet to step on the pitch for the men in red this season and earlier of the year was on the losing side six times in his nine appearances
Described as a ‘handicap’ by the club Toulon president, the 30-year-old powerhouse actually played more times for his country in 2021, making 12 appearances for the Springboks.