As we enter 2015 a number of big signing have been announced as we take a look at which players are set to be this years top earners. Whilst there could yet still be a few big name move’s, it’s unlikely this top 10 will change too much when they are announced…
Racing Metro 92, £380,000
Welsh centre Roberts may have had a turbulent time in Paris after initially struggling to settle in, however in 2013 he was offered huge money in order to make the move to France. He could be set to call time on his French adventure after the World Cup however as he’s believed to prefer a return to Wales.
South African enforced Botha looks set to call time on his career after this years World Cup, however so integral has he been to Toulon over the last couple of years that they offered him a huge bumper salary despite him heading into the twilight of his career.
Despite this list being made up primarily of Top 14 players, French captain Dusautoir is one of the few actual Frenchmen on the list. He has become a key player for both club and country and could be set for an even bigger wage when it comes to his next contract.
French scrum half Parra has made a name for himself over the last five years which led to his huge contract offer from Top 14 nearly rans Clermont. He may not quite be hitting the form of a couple of years ago but is still one of the finest scrum halves in France.
Habana has been one of the biggest names to join the Top 14 in recent seasons, and for the reason commanded a huge salary when agreeing to a move. He has been a regular in the Toulon side ever since and could now see out the final years of his career on the French south coast.
Racing Metro 92, £494,000
Irish star Sexton joined Racing Metro to much fanfare, however has maybe failed to live up to expectations a little. He has since agreed a return to Ireland after this years World Cup where it’s likely his salary will drop quite a bit, however he certainly won’t be short of cash.
Bath Rugby, £500,000
Burgess has possibly been the biggest name signing in world rugby over the last 12 months despite never having played a professional game of union in his life. It took a huge financial offer from Bath in order to tear him away from his beloved Rabbitohs side.
It’s hard to really judge the success of Halfpenny’s move to France at this stage given his lack of playing time for Toulon. However, he came with a big reputation and was touted to replace Jonny Wilkinson’s left boot for the side so as you might imagine, commanded a significant salary.
Giteau was very close to becoming the best paid player in the world when Racing Metro began courting him in 2014. After rejecting the move he was rewarded for his loyalty by Toulon with a big money offer that ensures his financial future for some time.
Racing Metro 92, £1,000,000
Carter is set to become the best paid player in the world when he leaves New Zealand after the world cup to take up the Racing number 10 shirt in Paris. Although his base salary is around only half of this final figure, the other endorsement deals see him become rugby’s first million pound player.
Have you heard of any players who should be on this list, perhaps currently playing in Japan?
Source Wales Online