The Wealthiest Rugby Players in the World 2015

With the 2015 Rugby World Cup just a few days away. The country gears up for what will no doubt be an all out war as teams vie for who will be the victorious and reign as the world champs. How do the world's richest players stack up? Find out in our list of the world's best paid players, then head to Lottostar and bet to win your very own mega million payout ... without the tackles and bruises, of course: Lottostar.co.za
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#7 Bakkies Botha, South Africa - $607,000 - A behemoth standing at 202cm in the Lock (second row) position,John Phillip Botha - or Bakkies to the rest of the world - plays for French team RC Toulonnais of Toulon. He is better known for his South African exploits playing for his home country's Springbok team since the age of 22.  Date of Birth: 22 September 1979. City of Birth: Newcaste, South Africa. Position: Lock

#7 Bakkies Botha, South Africa - $607,000 - A behemoth standing at 202cm in the Lock (second row) position,John Phillip Botha - or Bakkies to the rest of the world - plays for French team RC Toulonnais of Toulon. He is better known for his South African exploits playing for his home country's Springbok team since the age of 22. Date of Birth: 22 September 1979. City of Birth: Newcaste, South Africa. Position: Lock

#4 Bryan Habana, South Africa - $729,000 - Another South African who plays his rugby abroad in France is the once-dubbed "fastest man in rugby". The speedy wing was voted 2007's IRB Player of the Year and took the Springboks to a try-scoring record during the 2011 World Cup.  Date of Birth: 12 June 1983 City of Birth: Johannesburg, South Africa. Position: Wing

#4 Bryan Habana, South Africa - $729,000 - Another South African who plays his rugby abroad in France is the once-dubbed "fastest man in rugby". The speedy wing was voted 2007's IRB Player of the Year and took the Springboks to a try-scoring record during the 2011 World Cup. Date of Birth: 12 June 1983 City of Birth: Johannesburg, South Africa. Position: Wing

#3 Leigh Halfpenny, Wales - $936,500 - The Welsh superstar was signed at the tender age of 16. He made his debut for the Wales national team in 2006 at the young age of 20. Signed by the Cardiff Blues in 2008 he gained immense experience and exposure leading to a record  £600,000 signing by French side, Toulon, in 2014 making him the highest paid Welsh rugby player ever.  Date of Birth: 22 December 1988 City of Birth: Gorseinon, Wales Position: Fullback, Wing

#3 Leigh Halfpenny, Wales - $936,500 - The Welsh superstar was signed at the tender age of 16. He made his debut for the Wales national team in 2006 at the young age of 20. Signed by the Cardiff Blues in 2008 he gained immense experience and exposure leading to a record £600,000 signing by French side, Toulon, in 2014 making him the highest paid Welsh rugby player ever. Date of Birth: 22 December 1988 City of Birth: Gorseinon, Wales Position: Fullback, Wing

#1 Dan Carter, New Zealand - $1,538,891 - Carter amassed record-breaking accolades with the All Blacks as well as the Christchurch and Canterbury Crusaders. He holds the world-record for test points - 1455. Has been named IRB player of the year twice (2005 and 2012); and has a test record of 90 wins, 1 draw and 11 losses. No wonder he's the world's highest paid rugby star! Date of Birth: 5 September 1982 City of Birth: Southbridge, Canterbury, New Zealand Positition: Fly-half, Inside Centre.

#1 Dan Carter, New Zealand - $1,538,891 - Carter amassed record-breaking accolades with the All Blacks as well as the Christchurch and Canterbury Crusaders. He holds the world-record for test points - 1455. Has been named IRB player of the year twice (2005 and 2012); and has a test record of 90 wins, 1 draw and 11 losses. No wonder he's the world's highest paid rugby star! Date of Birth: 5 September 1982 City of Birth: Southbridge, Canterbury, New Zealand Positition: Fly-half, Inside Centre.

#10 Nicolas Evans, New Zealand - $353,400 - Evans plays Fly-half and Fullback for London's Harlequin F.C. and his talent for playing both rugby union and Aussie rules makes him a force to be reckoned with. He made his national country debut for the All Blacks in 2004 at the age of 23 and was successfully signed down to a 2 year contract with Harlequins until 2013.  Date of Birth: 29 September 1982. City of Birth: Sidney, New South Wales, Australia. Position: Inside centre, Fly-half…

#10 Nicolas Evans, New Zealand - $353,400 - Evans plays Fly-half and Fullback for London's Harlequin F.C. and his talent for playing both rugby union and Aussie rules makes him a force to be reckoned with. He made his national country debut for the All Blacks in 2004 at the age of 23 and was successfully signed down to a 2 year contract with Harlequins until 2013. Date of Birth: 29 September 1982. City of Birth: Sidney, New South Wales, Australia. Position: Inside centre, Fly-half…

#2 Matt Giteau, Australia - $1,077,275 - Giteau's value is not only immense financially, but he is an integral part of the Australian Wallabie line-up. His first star start came at the age of 19 when he made his professional debut playing for the Brumbies. A year later he would make his very first appearance playing for his country in 2002. Date of Birth: 29 September 1982. City of Birth: Sidney, New South Wales, Australia.  Position: Inside centre, Fly-half, Halfback.

#2 Matt Giteau, Australia - $1,077,275 - Giteau's value is not only immense financially, but he is an integral part of the Australian Wallabie line-up. His first star start came at the age of 19 when he made his professional debut playing for the Brumbies. A year later he would make his very first appearance playing for his country in 2002. Date of Birth: 29 September 1982. City of Birth: Sidney, New South Wales, Australia. Position: Inside centre, Fly-half, Halfback.

#8 Thierry Dusautoir, France - $569,900 -Frenchman, Dusautoir is at once notable and striking for his huge frame and height. He is a bulldozer, well-known for breaking tackles and storming defences pushing for tries and extra metres. Standing at 188cm, his performance against the All Blacks in the Cardiff quarter final of 2007 saw the behemoth cement his place in French rugby.  Date of Birth: 18 November 1981. City of Birth: Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast). Position: Flanker, Back-row.

#8 Thierry Dusautoir, France - $569,900 -Frenchman, Dusautoir is at once notable and striking for his huge frame and height. He is a bulldozer, well-known for breaking tackles and storming defences pushing for tries and extra metres. Standing at 188cm, his performance against the All Blacks in the Cardiff quarter final of 2007 saw the behemoth cement his place in French rugby. Date of Birth: 18 November 1981. City of Birth: Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast). Position: Flanker, Back-row.

#6 Morgan Parra, France - $609,600 - Parra is one of the youngest players to make the rugby top 10 rich list. His rejuvenation of the French team and his triumphs at the Six Nations has seen him to hundreds of thousands in endorsements and a salary of over £400,000 per year. Date of Birth: 15 November 1988. City of Birth: Metz, Lorraine, France. Position: Scrum half / Fly half

#6 Morgan Parra, France - $609,600 - Parra is one of the youngest players to make the rugby top 10 rich list. His rejuvenation of the French team and his triumphs at the Six Nations has seen him to hundreds of thousands in endorsements and a salary of over £400,000 per year. Date of Birth: 15 November 1988. City of Birth: Metz, Lorraine, France. Position: Scrum half / Fly half

#5 Jonathan Sexton, Ireland - $689,100 - The reason Sexton earns this much comes down to his many accolades in both the Ireland National Team and his British and Irish Lions conquests.  Date of Birth: 11 July 1985 City of Birth: Dublin, Ireland. Position: Fly-half

#5 Jonathan Sexton, Ireland - $689,100 - The reason Sexton earns this much comes down to his many accolades in both the Ireland National Team and his British and Irish Lions conquests. Date of Birth: 11 July 1985 City of Birth: Dublin, Ireland. Position: Fly-half

#9 Mike Blair, Scotland - $468,300 -Scotsman, Mike Blair has rugby coursing through his veins. Brothers Alex and David are both professional rugby players as well. He has captained Scotland 14 times. Toured with the British & Irish Lions and is the only Scottish player to ever be nominated for IRB player of the Year.   Date of Birth: 20 April 1981 City of Birth: Edinburgh, Scotland Position: Scrum-half

#9 Mike Blair, Scotland - $468,300 -Scotsman, Mike Blair has rugby coursing through his veins. Brothers Alex and David are both professional rugby players as well. He has captained Scotland 14 times. Toured with the British & Irish Lions and is the only Scottish player to ever be nominated for IRB player of the Year. Date of Birth: 20 April 1981 City of Birth: Edinburgh, Scotland Position: Scrum-half


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