Starting from 19th century, Rugby has dominated the world sports through its sensational twists and turns. Governed by World Rugby, it is also a part of World Olympics. Moreover, different leagues has increased the charm and beauty of this thrilling sport. Here are the top 5 most lucrative Rugby leagues that provide the world a chance of happiness and recreation.
Top 4 Most Lucrative Rugby Leagues
English Premiership Rugby
Known for Gallagher Premiership Rugby due to sponsorship, it is the top English Rugby competition. Consisting 13 teams, the event held annually. There may be chances of the addition of 14th team in the 2022 event. RFU is the governing body of the championship. Charles Piutau is the most famous player of the league with £1.2 million salary.
Leicester Tigers is the team with most number of titles in the history of Premiership Rugby. Harlequins are the recent winners who dominated the 2020-21 competition. The players also receive a huge prize money from the event as Rugby is becoming a rich sport now. The TV broadcasters for the BT Sports. Talking about sponsors, the event is getting sponsored since its start and the current sponsor is Gallagher. Average salaries of the players are about £500k.
France Top 14
The professional rugby union club competitions held in France as they started back in 1892. 14 of the best France Rugby teams take part in the league. That’s why, it is known as top 14. After world war 2 in 1942, the event is taking place annually. In start, there is no such great fame of the tournament. As soon as the time goes on, there is a much increase in its popularity.
From 2005-06, the audience started visiting the Rugby competitions as they find something new or crazy. In this way, there is also an increase in the players salaries and teams earnings. The last event played in 2021 with Toulouse having the Most titles. They have won 21 titles. Eben Etzebeth is a well known player of Top 14 with a base salary of £1 million.
Japan Rugby League One
Japan Rugby league is the highest level of professional Rugby competition in France. Formerly known as Top League, the inaugural season was 2003-04. Divided into 3 divisions, it held annually under the management of Japan Rugby Football Union. Featuring 25 teams, 7 will enter the division 2 and 6 in division 3. DAZN holds the TV broadcasting rights of the league.
Brave Lupus, Sungoliath, and Wild Knights are the most successful teams with 5 titles. Wild Knights are the current champions. A lot of sponsors are in touch with different teams among which the famous ones are Panasonic and SportBusiness. Beauden Barrett is a key player of the league with pocketing a base salary of £780,000. Average players salaries are £450k.
Australian Super Rugby
Starting from 1996, Super Rugby is featuring the clubs from Australia, Fiji, New Zealand, and the Pacific Islands. In 1996, it was famous for Top 12 as it comprised of 12 teams from 3 countries. The name changed to Super 14 in 2006 and now with a total of 15 teams, it is famous for Super Rugby.
Crusaders is the most successful team in Super Rugby with a total of 10 titles. They are also the current champions. The salary cap for each team is about £5 million for 40 players squad. Average player salary is about £400k. Nine Network, Sky Sport, Stan Sport, and Digicel holds the streaming rights for the championship.
The highest paid rugby players 2022 revealed. Handre Pollard pockets a base salary of $1.2 million.