• Top 10 highest-paid players

    The list of the highest earners in world rugby at the moment is dominated by French-based players.

    1. Dan Carter – £1-million (R17.7-million)
    The legendary All Blacks flyhalf will become the world's highest-paid player after agreeing to join Racing Métro following next year's World Cup.

    2. Matt Giteau – £700,000 (R12.4-million)
    Following interest from Racing Métro in September 2014, Giteau instead signed a lucrative new contract at Toulon.

    3. Leigh Halfpenny – £600,000 (R10.6-million)
    Halfpenny left the Cardiff Blues in January 2014 after agreeing a record deal with Toulon that saw him become the highest-paid Welshman of all time.

    4. Sam Burgess – £500,000 (R8.9-million)
    The former rugby league star agreed a switch of codes in February 2014 after Bath agreed to pay £500,000 to release the Englishman from the South Sydney Rabbitohs.

    5. Jonny Sexton – £494,000 (R8.8-million)
    The Racing Métro flyhalf is the highest-paid Irishman, although a return to Leinster at the end of the season will seriously hamper his earning capability.

    6. Bryan Habana – £474,000 (R8.4-million)
    One of two Springboks on the list, Habana earns almost £500,000 a year after signing with French giants Toulon in 2013.

    7. Morgan Parra – £436,000 (R7.6-million)
    The Clermont-Auvergne scrumhalf is the highest-paid French player in the world despite struggling to hold down a place with the national side.

    8. Thierry Dusautoir – £408,000 (R7.2-million)
    Now in the twilight of his career, the French captain has been linked with a move to Leicester, where he will be expected to take a pay cut.

    9. Bakkies Botha – £390,000 (R6.9-million)
    Now in his final season, the Springbok hardman signed a money-spinning deal with Toulon in 2011, although he has since been surpassed by a number of big-name signings.

    10. Jamie Roberts – £380.000 (R6.7-million)
    The second Welshman on the list, Roberts earns a tidy sum of money at Racing Métro, although he is rumoured to be heading back to Wales where he is expected to rejoin the Cardiff Blues.

    Source: Daily Telegraph

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