Top 10 earners in Rugby Union

All these players play in the lucrative French league and with price tags like these who wouldn’t. The numbers below should make us question the sincerity of the oft-heard excuse “I’m going to France to experience a new rugby culture”…yeah right. RW Stamp

10 – Matt Giteau (Toulon) – €40 000 pm (R526,345 per month)

9 – Jamie Roberts (Racing Metro) – €40 000 pm (R526,345 per month)

8 –  Bakkies Botha (Toulon) – €41 000 pm (R526,345 per month)

7 – Dimitri Szarzewski (Racing Metro) – €41 000 pm (R540,687 per month)

6 – Carl Hayman (Toulon) – €41 000 pm (R540,687 per month)

5 – Thierry Dusautoir (Toulouse) – €43 000 pm (R567,062 per month)

4 – Morgan Parra (Clermont Auvergne) – €46 000 pm (R606,625 per month)

3 – Bryan Habana (Toulon) – €50 000 pm (R659,375 per month)

2 – Jonathan Sexton (Racing Metro) – €52 000 pm (R685,750 per month)

1 – Jonny Wilkinson (Toulon) – €56 000 pm (R738,500 per month)

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