Habana, Bakkies on rich list

2015-01-09 08:46
Bryan Habana (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - South Africans Bryan Habana and Bakkies Botha feature in the top ten list of the highest paid rugby players in the world.

According to the Daily Telegraph, All Black flyhalf Dan Carter will become the world's highest-paid player after agreeing to join French club Racing Metro following next year's Rugby World Cup.

Carter will reportedly earn £1m a year, which is equivalent to R17.7m.

Habana, who plays for French club Toulon, reportedly earns £474 000 (R8.4m), putting him sixth on the list.

Botha, who also plays for Toulon but is in his final season there, is ninth on the list with £389 000 (R6.9m)

Interestingly, nine of the players on the top ten list ply their trade in France.

World Rugby's rich list - via the Daily Telegraph:

1. Dan Carter - £1m (R17.7m)
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 (R12.4m)
The Australian joined Toulon from the Brumbies in 2011.

3. Leigh Halfpenny - £600 000 (R10.6m)
He became the highest earning Welsh player of all-time after joining Toulon from Cardiff Blues in January 2014.

4. Sam Burgess - £500 000 (R8.9m)
The former Rugby League star joined English club Bath from the South Sydney Rabbitohs in 2014.

5. Jonny Sexton - £494 000 (R8.8m)
The Racing Metro flyhalf is the highest-earning Irishman but will return to former club Leinster this year.

6. Bryan Habana - £474 000 (R8.4m)
Habana joined French giants Toulon from the Stormers in 2013.

7. Morgan Parra - £436 000 (R7.7m)
The Clermont-Auvergne scrumhalf is the highest-paid French player in the world.

8. Thierry Dusautoir - £408 000 (R7.2m)
The France and Toulouse flank has been linked with a move to Leicester, where he will be expected to take a pay cut.

9. Bakkies Botha, Toulon - £389 000 (R6.8m)
Botha joined Toulon from the Bulls in 2011.

10. Jamie Roberts - £380 000 (R6.7m)
The Welshman currently plies his trade in France at Racing Metro, but is rumoured to be heading back Cardiff Blues in his home country.

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