Springboks

Steyn misses out on rich list

2014-06-12 12:00
Frans Steyn (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - Frans Steyn would have been among the Top 5 best paid rugby players on the planet had he opted to stay in France two years ago.

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Steyn, 27, shocked the rugby fraternity on Tuesday when he pulled of out the Boks' Incoming Series in June.

It has since emerged that Steyn pulled out due to a dispute over money with the South African Rugby Union (SARU).

His father, Piet Steyn, said SARU did not adhere to a contractual promise they had made to his son. The monetary promise was made by SARU before Steyn returned from French club, Racing Metro, to play for the Sharks in 2012.

According to Thursday's Die Burger, Steyn would have earned between R8m and R9m per year if he stayed at Racing Metro - which would have put him in the Top 5 global list.

Interestingly, the world's Top 10 best paid rugby players all play in France, with two South Africans - Bryan Habana and Bakkies Botha - in the current Top 10.

The current Top 10 best rugby earners in the world - via Die Burger:

1. Jonny Wilkinson (Toulon - R9.7m per year)
2. Jonathan Sexton (Racing Metro - R9m per year)
3. Bryan Habana (Toulon - R8.7m per year)
4. Morgan Parra (Clermont Auvergne - R7.5 per year)
5. Thierry Dusautoir (Toulouse - R7.5m per year)
6. Dimitri Szarzewski (Racing Metro - R7.1m per year)
7. Carl Hayman (Toulon - R7.1m per year)
8. Bakkies Botha (Toulon - R7.1m per year)
9. Jamie Roberts (Racing Metro - R6.9m per year)
10. Matt Giteau (Toulon - R6.9m per year)

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