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Richest Rugby Players in the World, 2022

Jonathan Wilkinson playing Rugby

Rugby is among the most popular team sports across the globe. Rugby World Cup has been ranked as the third most-watched sports event in the world. Rugby is quite a cult sport. Due to the massive popularity of rugby, it attracts sponsors, and television provides money to players.

Let us take a look at the richest rugby players in the world.

  1. Simon McDowell (Net Worth-$54 Million)
    Simon McDowell is the world’s richest player of rugby who has a net worth of $54 million. McDowell was a former Irish professional. He was an outstanding player until 1990. Unfortunately, he was forced to quit playing rugby because of a severe injury. He began his career as a footballer and is the wealthiest rugby player globally, with an estimated net worth of over $54 million.

  1. Sir Bill Gammell (Net Worth-$50 Million)
    A Scottish businessperson and former Scottish football player, Sir Bill Gammell has a robust political background. He is a philanthropist and a friend of the US President as well as the British PM. Gammell may soon be among the UK’s most profitable oil prospectors. He played his first game against Ireland in the infamous Murray field in 1977 and then took on Japan in Tokyo in 1977.

  1. Sonny Williams (Net Worth-$30 Million)
    There is hardly anyone who has not heard of Sonny Williams. This former rugby league and union footballer is known for his professionalism and style. He is among the wealthiest players in rugby worldwide. Sonny Williams is one of only 21 players who have won several Rugby World Cups and is only the second player who has represented New Zealand in rugby union after representing New Zealand in the rugby league. His 30 million net worth makes him the third wealthiest player in rugby.

  1. Jonathan Wilkinson (Net Worth-$29 Million)
    Jonathan Wilkinson is a former union rugby player from England. He played as a fly-half with Newcastle Falcons and Toulon, besides England and the Irish Lions. He is known for his clean and healthy lifestyle. In 2021, his net worth was around $29 million, making him the fourth-highest-paid player in the sport.

  1. Mike Tindal (Net Worth-$13 Million)
    Mike Tindal, a former English union rugby player, is among the top players in the world. Between 2000 and 2011, Tindal earned more than 75 international caps with England when he played outside his center position. He was part of the England team, which took home the World Cup in 2003. Right now, his net worth is estimated to be around $13 million, which makes him the world’s sixth-richest footballer.

  1. Beau Ryan (Net Worth-$10 Million)
    Beau Ryan is an Australian television host and also a professional player. Ryan is also known for his hilarious work on The Footy Show. And his net worth at the time of his 2021 debut is estimated at $10 million. It is the sixth-highest amount earned by a player in the sport of rugby.

  1. Hander Pollard (Net Worth-$2.7 Million)
    On the list of the top players in rugby, here comes another player, Hander Pollard. Hander Pollard is an experienced union rugby athlete from South Africa who presently plays for the national team and Montpellier as part of the French Top 14. The most prominent positions he plays on the field include the fly-half position and the inside center. In 2021, his net worth was more than $2.7 million, which makes him the world’s seventh-richest footballer.

  1. Charles Piutau (Net Worth-$2.5 Million)
    He is one of the highest-paid professional athletes around the globe. He represents New Zealand in rugby union. Charles plays as a fullback for the Premiership team Bristol Bears in England and previously played for the New Zealand national team known as the ‘All Blacks.’

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