WATCH: Player wages - Premiership v Pro14

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 13:10

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: The European Champions Cup takes a break as we head to the Premiership and Pro14 for the Christmas season.

It is fitting that we look at how the players are rewarded.

Using data collected over numerous years from sports agency Esportif Intelligence, an interesting picture begins to develop on the key differences between the Premiership and the Pro 14.

The most intriguing nugget of information is that the average wage is 15% higher in the Aviva Premiership, at £200,000, that equates to roughly £30,000 a year in the difference between the two leagues.

That’s a lot but that figure is estimated to rise again throughout the course of this season by 5%.

The gulf in wages like most sectors of society isn’t felt across the board, with the top tier of players receiving equally large salaries across both leagues.

Where the differential lies is with tier 2 and tier 3 players in the Pro 14 earning considerably less than their Premiership counterparts.

“The PRO12 try to pay quality players at its top end more. It’s the second and third choice players at those teams who on a whole are not paid as much compared to those in the Aviva,” said Hannah Bowe, head of Esportifs advisory services.

“To me, it is representative of the strategy traditionally employed by the PRO12 teams and unions to be competitive, which has facilitated their national teams’ competitiveness, by looking after their most influential players where possible, whilst being more constrained on total budget.

“That is now being somewhat eroded by the external revenue streams in the Premiership, which has enabled clubs to attract and keep marquee players who may have headed for France.”

In terms of positions unsurprisingly tens find themselves as the highest paid players in both leagues, while in the Premiership blindside flankers are the lowest earners and tighthead props are the lowest paid of their Celtic cousins.

“If you looked at the best starting XV of the Aviva and PRO12 last season, the combined salary would be over £5m per team,” said Hannah.

“Traditionally, the most expensive team would have been from the PRO12 but the signs are that is changing.”

“The difference between the top and bottom spending teams in the Aviva will tighten this year but I don’t really see that happening in the PRO14.”

“There are four or five teams spending comparatively with the Aviva but a wider gap to sides like the Dragons and Connacht. Organisers of the PRO14 will hope the new broadcasting deal with South Africa will help narrow the gap.”

Source: RugbyPass

There are currently no matches being played
FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Sat, 20 January 2018
Montpellier v Leinster 13h00 Altrad Stadium
Glasgow Warriors v Exeter Chiefs 13h00 Scotstoun Stadium
Cheetahs v Kings 15h00 Bloemfontein
Saracens v Northampton Saints 15h15 Allianz Park
Clermont Auvergne v Ospreys 15h15 Stade Marcel-Michelin
Treviso v Bath 17h30 Stadio Comunale di Monigo
Scarlets v Toulon 17h30 Parc y Scarlets
Sun, 21 January 2018
Leicester Tigers v Racing Metro 13h00 Welford Road
Munster v Castres 13h00 Thomond Park
La Rochelle v Harlequins 15h15 Stade Marcel-Deflandre
Wasps v Ulster 15h15 Ricoh Arena
PREMIERSHIP
MORE LOGS
Team P W D L Pts
Exeter Chiefs 13 10 0 3 50
Saracens 13 9 0 4 45
Wasps 13 8 0 5 39
Gloucester 13 8 0 5 38
Bath 13 7 0 6 37
Newcastle Falcons 13 8 0 5 36
Sale Sharks 13 6 0 7 33
Leicester Tigers 13 7 0 6 32
Harlequins 13 6 0 7 32
Northampton Saints 13 5 0 8 26
Worcester Warriors 13 3 0 10 19
London Irish 13 1 0 12 10