One Wallaby on rugby rich list top 10 as Bok, ex-All Black share No.1 spot

Wallabies captain Michael Hooper is the sole Australian named on a British rugby website’s rich list topped by a Springboks player and former All Black. The ruck.co.uk website released their figures which they said were based on “reports from Forbes, reputable news outlets and a variety of official sources to get us as close to […]

One Wallaby on rugby rich list top 10 as Bok, ex-All Black share No.1 spot

Wallabies captain Michael Hooper is the sole Australian named on a British rugby website’s rich list topped by a Springboks player and former All Black.

The ruck.co.uk website released their figures which they said were based on “reports from Forbes, reputable news outlets and a variety of official sources to get us as close to the mark as possible”.

Tellingly, however, the figures claimed failed to include bonuses or sponsorship deals which could add significant income for players and clearly change the pecking order.

The list features three Springboks, two All Blacks, two Englishmen, one Wallaby, one Frenchman and one Scotsman. Eight of them play in Europe and two, including Wallabies skipper Michael Hooper, play in Japan.

Hooper’s decision to skip this year’s Super Rugby with the Waratahs and take a sabbatical in the Top League with Toyota Verblitz has seemingly proved a lucrative one. He also said it fresehened him up ahead of a tough and successful Test campaign where Australia beat France 2-1 and have won five Tests straight since losing three against the All Blacks.

Topping the list are Springboks current flyhalf Handre Pollard, who joined Montpellier following the 2019 World Cup, and ex-All Blacks utility back Charles Piutau, who became rugby’s first million-pound player when he joined the Bristol Bears in 2017.

Here is the list.

Equal 9. Owen Farrell (England/Saracens) – $1.38 million.estimated earnings per year (figures were in GBP and converted here to $AUD).

Equal 9. Michael Hooper (Australia/Toyota Verblitz) – $1.38m.

Equal 7. Beauden Barrett (New Zealand/ Suntory Sungoliath) – $1.44m

Equal 7. Virimi Vakatawa (France/Racing 92) – $1.44m

6. Maro Itoje (England/Saracens) – $1.47m

Equal 4. Cheslin Kolbe (South Africa/Toulon) – $1.56m

Equal 4. Finn Russell (Scotland/Racing 92) – $1.56m

3. Eben Etzebeth (South Africa/Toulon) – $1.66m

Equal 1. Charles Piutau (New Zealand/Bristol Bears) – $1.84m

Eqaul 1. Handre Pollard (South Africa/Montpellier) – $1.84m

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A five-Test winning run has lifted the Wallabies to third on the world rugby rankings but just how real that improvement is will be proven on the fields of Europe in November.

Despite the early loss of fullback Reece Hodge, Australia overcame stubborn resistance from Japan on Saturday to make a winning start to their 2021 spring tour.

The 32-23 win over the Brave Blossoms in Oita means the Wallabies have won five straight Tests for the first time since the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

That streak began with impressive back-to-back home wins over world champions South Africa during the Rugby Championship.

They were followed, however, by two home victories against an Argentina squad having a Rugby Championship to forget and then Saturday’s less-than-convincing win over Japan.

The challenge that lies ahead for Dave Rennie’s team to become the first Wallabies squad to return from Europe undefeated on a three or four-Test spring tour since 1996 is sterner.

The European swing begins at Murrayfield against Scotland before taking on Eddie Jones’ England at Twickenham.

The tour wraps up with a trip to Cardiff to face Six Nations champions Wales.

While under no illusion of how difficult the next month will be for his team, captain Michael Hooper believes the winning run has created a morale within the squad they can draw upon.

“We’re about to enter a place and play away from home, far away from home, which we haven’t done in a long time,” Hooper said ahead of the Wallabies’ first trip to Europe since 2018.

“We’re right in the perfect time as a group to take on that challenge. (Saturday) was really nice to get that result and I guess show a couple of areas that we can improve but also still tick over a win there.

“Take that up north and take on some of these European teams.”

Rennie confirmed after the Japan win that Hodge will travel with the team on Sunday to London as they await scans on his pectoral muscle injury, putting him in doubt for the three upcoming Tests.

Veteran playmaker Quade Cooper will feature however after discussions between the Wallabies coach and his Japanese club resulted with him continuing on the tour.

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