How much do SA's top rugby players earn abroad? New report has Pollard as planet's highest paid

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Handre Pollard (Gallo)
Handre Pollard (Gallo)

Springbok flyhalf Handre Pollard, according to a UK report, remains the highest-paid rugby player on the planet. 

An investigation conducted by the Ruck.co.uk website sought to identify the top 10 paid players in the world.

"We've based our figures on reports from Forbes, reputable news outlets and a variety of official sources to get us as close to the mark as possible," the report said. 

Pollard, the research says, brings in an annual eye-watering salary of around R20 million, which is understood to be the same as All Blacks wing Charles Piutau, who plays for Bristol. 

Cheslin Kolbe, meanwhile, is now making around R17 million per year since making the move to Toulon. 

Eben Etzebeth was the other South African on the list. 

World's highest paid players (according to Ruck.co.uk report):

1 Handre Pollard (R20 million, Montpellier)

1 Charles Piutau (R20 million, Bristol Bears)

3 Eben Etzebeth (R18 million, Toulon)

4 Cheslin Kolbe (R17 million, Toulon)

4 Finn Russell (R17 million, Racing 92)

6 Maro Itoje (R16 million, Saracens)

7 Beauden Barrett (R15.7 million, Suntory Sungoliath)

7 Virimi Vakatawa (R15.7-million, Racing 92)

8 Michael Hooper (R15 million, Toyota Verblitz)

8 Owen Farrell (R15 million, Saracens)

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