Rugby League


A longitude research by Esportif Intelligence has been recently accomplished, revealing the top paying rugby clubs and competitions. And many were surprised by the results. Thanks to the research, we now have an insight into average income of players in the PRO 14 and Aviva Premiership.

Who Earns What?

Sometimes, we see the Welsh Rugby Union complain about the fact that they can’t offer competitive salaries to keep their best players. Well, now everyone knows what players across the UK and Ireland can earn.

Liam Williams departed from Scarlets, a recent PRO12 champion, to join Saracens, who currently hold Europe’s Champions Cup, for more than 300,000 GBP annually, while Dan Biggar is leaving Ospreys to join Northampton Saints, as was offered 650,000 GBP annual salary as the season reached its end. Both clubs are very popular for sports betting online, just as free online pokies here.

It is clear that specific numbers and individuals can not be discussed, but the Esportif revealed the average salary of the Aviva Premiership – it was about 200,000 GBP per person last year. It’s around 15% more than the average income of PRO12 players, and a rise to up to 20% is expected this season as the revenue from TV broadcast and other sources is growing.

Not surprisingly, the outside-half earn the most per tournament, while the lowest paying Aviva player is the blindside flanker and tight-head prop for PRO12. Loose-head is the third lowest position for both, while scrum-half is almost at the bottom of the Aviva salary rankings. The inside-centre is the second best paid position in England, but just the 14th from the top in the PRO12.

Salaries by Competition

The Esportif research has also concluded that PRO12 is the competition that tries to pay more to its stars and VIP players than the Premiership. The difference between the two, in fact, is that Aviva tries to even out the income of its players regardless of their success, while PRO12 favors the best players more than the average ones.

An Esportif spokesperson said that it was a customary way for PRO12 to support competitive spirit amongst its players and keep the best in the tournament while sticking to their budget. PRO12 has always had the costliest teams in the past, but this tendency is changing thanks to external revenue sources for Premiership that flowing in now. Their numerous TV contracts and other fan-based revenue is climbing slowly, but surely. There are currently just 2 outside-halves in the PRO14 and 6 in the Aviva, which is a big difference.

Aviva Premiership, therefore, will have more chances of attracting more top stars and foreign players next season. It promises to be a fun event with many more star players and a much fiercer game. If you would like to play online Australian casino or bet on the upcoming Premiership games, make sure you read the betting tips on the best online bookmakers websites.