Average salary, biggest salary: this is what Top 14 and Pro D2 players earn

Average salary, biggest salary: this is what Top 14 and Pro D2 players earn
Average salary, biggest salary: this is what Top 14 and Pro D2 players earn

By Thomas Corbet
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7 May 24 at 11:00

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Best player in the world in the eyes of most observers, Anthony Dupont do not take advantage of biggest salary in the Top 14an honor that goes to the Racing 92 player Siya Kolisi. Find out, as the newspaper reveals The Team, the average salary of professional rugby players in Francewhether in Top 14 or Pro D2.

Top 14, Pro D2: the average salary of rugby players in France

Despite the Covid episode, during which players had quite overwhelmingly agreed to a salary reduction in order to help clubs hold up during the storms, the remuneration of professional rugby players in France has been on the rise for more than two decades.

They have even increased significantly, since during the 2001-2002 season, the average gross monthly salary of elite players in France was 5,269 euros. Ten years later, it was 13,815 euros, for an average gross monthly salary in Top 14 of 19,287 euros when 2023-2024 season.

In Top 14, the largest annual gross salary therefore goes to Siya Kolisi and her 978,000 euroswhile the highest paid French player is Stade Toulouse captain Antoine Dupont with 805,000 euros. At the other end of the spectrum, the annual minimum salary in the Top 14 is 42,000 euros.

A gulf between Top 14 and Pro D2

The players in the Top 14 are therefore rather well off in terms of their remuneration. On the other hand, and if they are not to be complained about, their Pro D2 counterparts are quite far from reaching the same bars.

This season, the average annual gross salary in Pro D2 is 75,420 euros, or a third of what members of the highest division of French professional rugby receive. With a minimum salary of 23,000 euros. Which is far from extravagant for high-level athletes…

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