WORLD XV: Highest earning rugby players on the planet, 2020


Lock: Eben Etzebeth (Toulon) – £1m

Lock: Maro Itoje (Saracens) – £800,000

According to RugbyPass his salary is somewhere in the region of £750,000 to £1 million – making him England’s highest paid player. 


Blindside-flanker: Steve Luatua (Bristol Bears) – £650,000

Didn’t make any friends within the All Blacks hierarchy when he decided to cash in on his extreme rugby talent, signing for Bristol. Has since signed a contract extension.

Openside-flanker: Michael Hooper (Toyota Verblitz) – £750,000

The Wallabies captain accepted a shock move to Japan to play with Toyota Verblitz, which saw the back-rower increase his salary from around £500k to £750k..

Number 8: Sergio Parisse (Toulon) – £500,000

The veteran continues to be the highest -paid number 8 after signing another one-year extension with Toulon.


Pat Lam (Bristol Bears) – £800,000

The former Newcastle, Northampton and Samoa back-row will remain at Ashton Gate until at least 2023 after signing a bumper contract extension in 2019. The 50-year-old, as a result, became the highest paid rugby boss in the world.

Pat Lam, Director of Rugby of Bristol Bears during the Gallagher Premiership Rugby Match between Bristol Bears and Northampton Saints at Ashton Gate on 8 Sep. Photo: Tom Sandberg/PPAUK/Gallagher
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