As the game of rugby union has grown in recent years, we have seen salaries increase across all competitions in the world, especially in the northern hemisphere.
Many clubs in France and England are backed by wealthy benefactors who are able to supplement a club’s wealth to attract some of the top players in the world.
We have already seen a huge number of players from South Africa, Australia and New Zealand make the move to Europe and also players who operate in the Guinness PRO14 have either made moves to the Aviva Premiership or Top 14.
However, when you break it down by position, who do you believe would warrant the highest salary? Some would argue a tighthead prop – they are the cornerstone of whether a particular team have a successful scrum, one of the most important setpieces in the game. Others would argue the half-backs – both scrum-halves and out halves control the tempo and dictate how a particular side plays.
Esportif International, a rugby talent management agency, has produced some numbers to reveal on average, what positions demand the highest salaries across the Guinness PRO14, the Top 14 and the Aviva Premiership.
From the graphic below, you can see that out-halves demand the highest salary in the Top 14 and the Aviva Premiership while full-backs top the list for the Guinness PRO14 while out-half comes in second place. Tighthead props are also in the upper echelons of the Top 14 and Premiership salary stakes while they remain in the middle for the Guinness PRO14.
— EsportifIntelligence (@EsportifIntel) December 29, 2017