17 Highest Paid Rugby Players 2022

Nowadays, Rugby is the world’s third-watched sporting event, it is a popular one all over the world, especially in Europe. People who are related to rugby make considerable money every season. The world’s best players are hired at swollen money among different teams, the following list is of the highest-paid rugby player in this year 2022. Actually, players are paid according to categories. These players have earned fame and renown through hard work, devotion, and strong game-playing skills.

Currently, Handré Pollard is the highest-paid rugby player in the world right now. He earns more than £1.52 million yearly in salaries for his association with the South African national rugby team and the Premiership Rugby side Leicester Tigers. Other well-experienced players also make huge money, they get handsome salaries from their teams.

NB: [The following list is based on some valid information those are consciously collected, if there are any misinformation then it is unexpected] 

Highest Paid Rugby Players 2022

Name Country Club Annual Salary
Handre Pollard South Africa Leicester Tigers £1.52 Million
Nathan Cleary Australia Penrith Panthers £1.14 Million
Daly Cherry-Evans Australia Sea Eagles £1.06 Million
Charles Piutau  New Zealand Bristol Bears £1 Million
Luke Brookes Australia Wests Tigers £840,220
Mitchell Moses Lebanon Parramatta Eels £840,184
Maro Itoje England Saracens £800,000
Owen Farrell England Saracens £750,000
Steven Luatua New Zealand Bristol Bears £745,000
Ben Hunt Australia St. George Illawarra £707,479
Kalyn Ponga New Zealand Newcastle Knights £707,479
Jesse Bromwich New Zealand Dolphin £700,000
Dan Biggar  Wales Northampton Saints £700,000
Morgan Parra  France Stade Français £620,000
Nicolas Sanchez  Argentina  Stade Français £620,000
Michael Hooper Australia New South Wales Waratahs £520,000
Manu Tuilagi  England Sale Sharks £350,000


A Short Description of Some Renowned Rugby Players

Handre Pollard is a South African professional rugby union player currently playing for the club Leicester Tigers in England’s Premiership Rugby. In the 2019 Rugby World Cup, he represented his country South Africa and ensured winning by his fly half position. He started his career at the domestic club Blue Bulls where he had been from 2013 to 2017. Later he moved Japanese rugby union team Osaka Red Hurricanes. He also played in a French club Montpellier.  At the end of the 2020/21 season, he joined Leicester Tigers for the following years in replacement of George Ford.

Currently, he is the highest-paid rugby player who makes nearly £1.52 Million in a year. 

Nathan Cleary is an Australian professional rugby league footballer who plays as a halfback and co-captains the Penrith Panthers in the NRL. He won both the 2021 and the 2022 NRL Grand Finals with the Panthers. He won the Clive Churchill Medal in 2021.

Cleary started playing at a very early age because his father was a professional rugby player and coach in New Zealand. Cleary was selected to play for the Junior Kangaroos against the Junior Kiwis in May 2016. Since 2016 he has been playing for the team Penrith Panthers and he is the second-highest-paid player on the list.

Daly Cherry-Evans officially re-signed Sea Eagles for a further two seasons. Off-contract at the end of the 2023 season, Cherry-Evans will remain at Eagles for the 2024 and 2025 seasons. He is an Australian professional rugby league footballer who plays as a halfback for the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles in the NRL and Australia at the international level. He captains Manly and won the 2011 NRL Grand Final with the Sea Eagles. He captains Queensland at the State of Origin level and has played for Prime Ministers XIII.

Charles Piutau has signed a new two-year contract with the Premiership club to run until the end of 2022. He is a New Zealand rugby union player. He plays in the fullback (and occasionally wing) position for England club Bristol Bears in the Premiership, and formerly for New Zealand’s national team. He joined the All Blacks training squad during the 2013 Super Rugby season. On 22 June, he made his test debut against France in New Plymouth. He was not selected for the 2015 World Cup, a factor in his decision to move to play club rugby in Europe.

Luke Brookes was appointed at Wests Tigers in 2013, since his joining he had played uncountable matches and brought many victories for the team. Brookes is an Australian professional rugby league footballer who plays as a halfback for the Wests Tigers in the NRL. He is one of the notable players who has been playing for the same team for a long time. He made his first appearance for the NRL All-Stars in 2015.


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