Owen Farrell

England captain Owen Farrell will miss the 2024 Six Nations in order to prioritise his ‘mental well-being’. Photo by Ben Stansall / AFP

The ten richest rugby players in the world in 2023

Find out who rank as the ten richest rugby players in the world right now with a current Springbok among the bunch.

Owen Farrell

England captain Owen Farrell will miss the 2024 Six Nations in order to prioritise his ‘mental well-being’. Photo by Ben Stansall / AFP

Some top rugby players can earn extraordinary salaries while playing and others made their money after giving up the game; here are the richest rugby players in the world right now.

The ten richest rugby players by net worth

Four of the top ten are current players with salaries for some at an all-time high.

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10 Owen Farrell -R37.4 million ($2 million)

Saracens are back in the Premiership and prepared to reward the faith shown in them by their star men.

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One of those is skipper Owen Farrell who has derived the bulk of his $2million net worth directly from Saracens.

9 Maro Itoje – R37.4 million ($2 million)

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Itoje is Farrell’s teammate at England and Saracens and earns a salary comparable to the national skipper.

Still relatively young, Itoje could go on to be one of the biggest earners in rugby history.

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8 Charles Piutau -R45.6 million ($2.5 million)

Charles Piutau played 17 Tests for the All Blacks before deciding to make a move north.

The Bristol Bears paid him an eyewatering salary during the five seasons he was at the club. 

7 Handré Pollard – R50 million ($2.7 million)

The only South African among the top ten, Pollard started making serious money when he left the Bulls for Montpellier.

Leicester Tigers currently pay Pollard a figured rumoured to be in the region of R15 million per season.

6 Beau Ryan – R187.3 million ($10 million) 

Former Rugby League star Beau Ryan has gone on to have a highly successful career as a TV Presenter.

Ryan also released an album in 2014 and is rumoured to be worth close to R200 million.

5 Mike Tindall – R243.6 million ($13 million)

Tindall was a member of the 2003 Rugby World Cup winning squad, and married Zara Phillips in 2011.

He was convicted of drunk-driving twice in incidents that occurred in 2008 and 2009.

4 Jonny Wilkinson – R540 million ($29 million)

Wilkinson has made a lot of money off the back of his Rugby World Cup winning drop goal in 2003.

Wilkinson ranks as the second-richest Rugby World Cup winner.

3 Sonny Bill Williams = R563.4 million ($30 million)

Sonny Bill Williams has been a Union and League star and even stepped into the boxing ring.

Williams made huge amounts in endorsements during his career and was well-paid during his time in France.

2 Sir Bill Gammell -R913 million ($50 million)

Sir Bill Gammell, a former Scottish rugby player turned businessman, is a knight of the realm, a philanthropist, and a friend of both the British Prime Minister and the US President. Gammell may also soon be among the UK’s most successful oil prospectors.

Gammell played against Japan in Tokyo in 1977 and scored four tries in the Scots’ 74-9 victory. He had made his début against Ireland at Murrayfield in 1977, scoring two tries. With a net worth of more than $50 million, he is the second richest rugby player in the world.

1 Simon McDowell – R1 billion ($54 million)

Simon McDowell refereed at two Rugby World Cups after his career as a player was cut short by injury.

McDowell spent his whole playing career as a player for the North Ireland football club. After his playing career finished, he became a referee. Kilwaughter , the chemical company he founded, is responsible for the bulk of his net worth.