If someone asked which is the most popular version of football then it is rugby. Rugby is one of the most important sports in countries like England, Australia, France, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and Tonga. Although it took some time for this sport to get recognised and established in different parts of the world but today it is popular and admired worldwide.
In fact, it is the de facto national sport in the countries like Fiji, Madagascar, Wales, New Zealand, Georgia, Samoa, and Tonga. As for today, around 110 countries participates in rugby union. No matter how ignorant people may remain about this sport the players professionally indulge in it are making a lot of money. Here is the list of top ten highest paid rugby players worldwide in 2018.
10. Matt Giteau –
An Australian Rugby union football player who earns quite a lot totalling to be approximately €40,000 (~$54,600 USD) every month is Matt Giteau. Currently, he plays for the French Top 14 side Toulon. Although he debuted in the year 2001 playing for the ACT Brumbies, in the following year he made an appearance with the Wallabies. His positions are halfback, fly-half, and inside center. In the year 2004, he got nominated for the International Rugby Board Player. In his entire rugby career, he managed to grab 61 Rugby caps. He also managed to get 92 Test Caps for Australia. He signed for Toulon and is playing for them.
9. Jamie Roberts –
Born on 8th November 1986 Jamie Roberts is a Welsh rugby union player who is been paid around €40,000 (~$54,600 USD) per month. This makes him number nine in the list of top ten highest paid rugby players. In the tour to South Africa in 2009 Jamie represented British and in 2013 he represented Irish lions in their tour to Australia. In the year 2015, he joined Harlequins FC where he plays in his usual center position. Before that, he was signed in by Racing Metro in 2013. Many people don’t know but he is a well-qualified doctor as well and has studied MPhil in Medicinal science at Queens’ College, Cambridge.
8. Bakkies Botha –
Popularly known as Bakkies, John Philip Botha was born on 22nd September 1979 and is a South African rugby union player. With the monthly salary of €41,000 (~$55,900 USD), he is the eighth highest paid rugby player in the world. During Rugby World Cup 2007 held in France, he was the member of the winning national team. He has won many awards in his entire rugby journey which includes two Tri-Nations titles in the 2004 and 2009 Tri Nations Series. With his Toulon squad, he managed to win Heineken Cup/European Rugby Champions Cup Finals in the years 2013, 2014 and 2015 making him one of the most prominent and significant members of the squad.
7. Carl Hayman –
Born on 14th November 1979, Carl Hayman although is a retired New Zealand rugby union footballer but with the monthly salary of €41,000 (~$55,900 USD) he got ranked as number seven in the top ten list of highest paid rugby players. After playing amazingly for many years he declared to get retired at the age of 35. He has won many championships and awards during his entire career in the rugby. He used to play for the French Top 14 side Toulon as a tighthead prop. In the year 2007, he joined Newcastle Falcons and surprised everyone with his decision.
6. Dimitri Szarzewski –
Dimitri Szarzewski is a French rugby union football player who at present is playing for Racing Metro 92. His monthly salary is around €41,000 (~$55,900 USD) making his one of the richest rugby players of the time. He plays at the hooker position and amazes everyone with his playing skills. From 2002 to 2004 he played with AS Béziers Hérault which is the first club he joined in his rugby career. During 2002-03 Heineken Cup he played as a substitute. His international debut was made in the year 2004 in a match against Canada where he played for his own country, France.
5. Thierry Dusautoir –
Born on 18th November 1981, Thierry Dusautoir is an international French player who at present plays for France. He is considered as the strong ball carrier who manages to tackle the game with his speed and tactics. With the salary of €43,000 (~$58,700 USD) per month Thierry is number fifth in our list of highest paid rugby players. In the year 2011, he got the privilege to become the World Rugby Player of the Year. He is the second French player who wins this award. He made his debut in 2006 against Romania and since then he has proved his worth every time on the field making him one potential rugby player.
4. Morgan Parra-
Morgan Parra is a French rugby union player born on 15th November 1988. He prefers playing as a Scrum-half and Fly-half. Although Portuguese in origin he plays for Clermont Auvergne in the Top 14. With the monthly salary of €46,000 (~$62,800 USD), Morgan holds the fourth position as the highest paid rugby player. He made his debut when he was just 19 years old and for France as a replacement against Scotland. During his entire career as a rugby player, he managed to grab many awards the reason why he achieved fame and popularity in small age only. It is expected that in the coming years his net worth will elevate.
3. Bryan Habana:
With €50,000 (~$68,200 USD) salary every month Bryan in under top three highest paid rugby players. Born on 12th June 1983, Bryan is a South African rugby union player. He plays for Toulon in the French Top 14 competition as a wing. Apart from this he also played in Rugby World Cup in the year 2007. For his brilliant ways of playing he was regarded as IRB Player of the Year in the year 2007. Habana managed to tie the Lomu’s record of 15 tries in 2015 Rugby World Cup and thus become one noticeable rugby player among the people. Since his debut in 2003-04 World Sevens Series Habana has not looked back and keeps on making and breaking records.
2. Jonathan Sexton:
One of the most popular and established rugby players who play for Leinster Rugby and Ireland is Jonathan ‘Johnny’ Sexton. With his monthly salary of €52,000 (~$71,000 USD), Jonathan has exceeded many rugby players. As for today, he plays for the French Top 14 side Racing Metro. He made his debut in the year 2009 with the Leinster first team and helped Leinster beat rivals, Munster. He is incredible in his ways of playing and has managed to win many championships and awards during his entire career. He was one of the key players who led Leinster to rise and shine like a star.
1. Jonny Wilkinson:
If you love rugby you would be a fan of Jonny. He is the most prominent figure in this sport and has amused his fans with his gameplay and brilliant performances one after the other. Born on 25th May 1979, Jonathan Peter Wilkinson is more popular with the name Jonny. His monthly salary is around €56,000 (~$76,400 USD) making him the top notch rugby player. He is a former rugby union player who represented England. Apart from that he also represented the British and Irish Lions. By helping his team winning numerous championships he became the most recognisable rugby player during 2003 Rugby World Cup. In the six Nations Championships held in 2000, 2001, 2003 and 2011 he managed to help his team won the game and thus become one prominent player.
These are the union rugby players who have done juts brilliantly in the game and thus are the richest, successful and highest paid rugby players of the time. In the coming years, it is expected that the net worth and the annual salary of these players will elevate manifolds.