In the world of sports, Rugby is one of the most popular with its own wealth of talented players. A full contract sport, Rugby league is played on a rectangular grass field by two teams with 13 players. Rugby league got its origin after splitting from England’s Rugby Football Union over payment related issues to the players. It is one of the most physically demanding and toughest sports governed by Rugby League International Federation.
And with their passion and sportsmanship, the skilled players have made quite impressive salaries in their career of rugby. While the professional footballers earn a good value, rugby players, if not average to that, but do have a striking income. Wondering who are the highest paid rugby league players in the world? Check out who have topped the chart this year.
List of Top 10 Highest Paid Rugby League Players in The World in 2017.
10. Jamie Roberts (Salary £380,000)
The situation is that when this rugby union player, Jamie Roberts hits the field, it appears to be even larger. With 2 meters height and 110 kg weight, his style of play perfectly matches his size. He is appreciated for his powerful skills and delivering crushing tackles. Roberts was associated with Cardiff Blues and played 9 sessions but left the team in 2013 to join Racing 92. Latest is his association with Harlequin Football Club in 2015. He is tenth in the list of highest paid rugby league players.
9. Bakkies Botha (Salary £389,000)
One of the best and highest paid rugby league players 2016-2017, Bakkies Botha is widely known for his extraordinary playing style. His career in rugby began with ‘Falcons’, the state rugby team where he score 12 points and played 22 matches. Presently he is playing with Toulon, the reputed club to have won European rugby Champions Cup finals.
8. Thierry Dusautoir (Salary £408,120)
Thierry Dusautoir’s association with rugby dates long back when he was only 16. He is appreciated for his deadly combination of being both strong as well as quick. He was rewarded with two highest honours – his captainship of France and winning IRB Player of the Year. Till date, he plays for Toulouse and is among the highest paid rugby league players.
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7. Morgan Parra (Salary £436,000)
Another in this chart of highest paid rugby league players in the world is Morgan Parra. He is appreciated for being very talented fly half, strong and vocal leader. Morgan is the beloved player of his French national team. He started playing the game since he was 4 and at 19, he made French National Team. Certainly he is one of the highly celebrated players.
6. Bryan Habana (Salary £474,600)
It was during 2007 Super 14 and World Cup that Bryan Habana rose to prominence in the field of rugby. His efforts even brought him International Rugby Board Player of the Year award that very year. He got associated with Toulon with a 3 year contract. During this phase, Habana’s support to French powerhouse brought them multiple championships. In the Currie Cup, he played for the Western Province. All these credentials made him one of the highest paid rugby league players in the world 2016-2017.
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5. Jonathan Sexton (Salary £494,000)
Born in Ireland, Jonathan Sexton has represented his country internationally in big events including the 2011 Rugby World Cup. This rugby league player is popularly appreciated for his time with Leinster. He is a brilliantly skilled fly-half. His association with Ireland’s national team is since 2009. This ultimate force of the field also gets payment accordingly that landed him up in the list of highest paid rugby league players.
4. Sam Burgess (Salary £500,000)
Well, now this man has a family lineage of playing rugby with his father being himself a rugby league player. Also, his other brothers are in the passionate professional field. Sam Burgess is hence the strongest player who has a productive career with South Sydney and Bradford Bulls. Good news is Burgess, one of those highest paid rugby league players in the world, is going to make a comeback in the league with 2016 NRL season.
3. Leigh Halfpenny (Salary £600,000)
Halfpenny is another powerful rugby player of the prestigious Toulon. Few years back, he was in the news for a serious injury but luckily has made a powerful impact in the rugby world. In 2015 European Rugby Champions cup final, Leigh Halfpenny made 14 points and helped Toulon to win the title by beating Clermont. He also plays for Wales (the international rugby) and proudly holds the record to have scored third highest points for Wales. For his undeniable efforts, just at 27, he is one of those highest paid rugby league players.
2. Matt Giteau (Salary £900,000)
Matt Giteau, having a career both in France and Australia, also has the credit of playing for Toulon. In 2001, he debuted in professional rugby for Canberra Brumbies. Presently standing second in the list of highest paid rugby league players in the world 2016, Giteau helped Toulon achieve victory in 2013 Heineken Cup final and won 3 other consecutive titles. After much controversy, he joined the national team in 2015 and went on to score the 30th international try against England in a game.
1. Dan Carter (Salary £1.4 million)
The chart of highest paid rugby league players 2016 is topped by Dan Carter who is undoubtedly considered to be the best fly-half. Carter is presently associated with Racing 92 and New Zealand’s National Team. Dan Carter has two prestigious records of being all-time greatest – as international leading point scorer in rugby and as super rugby leading point scorer. He also got nominated for the IRB Payer of the Year five times and have won it thrice.
These are the top 10 highest paid rugby league players in the world 2017 who have proficiently used their talent, skill and enthusiasm to make it big in rugby.