World’s most expensive XV – highest paid player every position

Fans have always been interested in how much professional rugby players earn, but the fascination has grown significantly since the game turned professional in the 1990’s, as salaries have skyrocketed.

If you want to know exactly how much top-earning players at each rugby position will make in 2019-20, check out below.

Fullback: Matt Giteau (Suntory Sungoliath) – £1.1m

Money doesn’t seem to be an object in Japan with the country’s top clubs being company enterprises. Former Australia wizard Giteau, who bagged big money while he was at Toulon, is building up his pension fund with Suntory Sungoliath

Winger: 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 after the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

Outside-centre: 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.

Inside-centre: Owen Farrell (Saracens) – £750,000

He a points-machine with England and Saracens, and the outside-half or inside-centre is one of England’s best paid players.

Winger: Charles Piutau (Bristol Bears) – £1m

The former All Black full-back or wing, who surprised many by leaving New Zealand before reaching the peak of his powers, becoming British rugby’s first million pound man when he moved to Ashton Gate in 2018.

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