The 10 Highest-Paid Players In The NRL For The 2020 Season

They’re not renowned for using it in the classiest ways, but Rugby League’s finest still command some seriously strong cheques.

To a degree, we sort of feel like with the amount of mainstream coverage Rugby League gets on the back pages of the nation’s newspapers, it’ll do just fine without us offering comment on every scandal, controversy and significant moment that the season offers.

But with such a rich array of teams and a constant churn rate of young players breaking the big leagues from relative obscurity, the NRL has never really been known as one of Australia’s big money leagues. Probably because, as we all know, even a six-figure yearly paycheck can’t buy class.

But maybe there should be a little more financial intrigue around the sport, because as you’ve probably assumed but not ever really thought to Google, there’s some serious cash flowing around Rugby League. It’s not at all unusual for an NRL contract for a top star to now reach into seven-figure territory.

And despite the league’s relatively low attendance numbers, the celebrity status of the game’s top stars mean they command some of Australia’s biggest sporting salaries, with some pretty dodgy deals to go along with it. 

These will be the 10 highest-paid players in the NRL this season, per the experts at Fox Sports and Zero Tackle.

#10 Jason Taumololo

Team: North Queensland Cowboys

Yearly salary: $950,000

Contracted until: 2027

#9 Shaun Johnson

Team: Cronulla Sharks

Yearly salary: $1 million

Contracted until: 2022

#8 Ash Taylor

Team: Gold Coast Titans

Yearly salary: $1 million

Contracted until: 2021

#7 Mitchell Pearce

Team: Newcastle Knights

Yearly salary: $1 million

Contracted until: 2022

#6 James Tedesco

Team: Sydney Roosters

Yearly salary: $1 million

Contracted until: 2022

#5 Roger Tuivasa-Sheck

Team: Warriors

Yearly salary: $1.1 million

 Contracted until: 2022

#4 Cameron Smith

Team: Melbourne Storm

Yearly salary: $1.1 million

Contracted until: 2020

#3 Ben Hunt

Team: Brisbane Broncos

Yearly salary: $1.2 million

Contracted until: 2022

#2 Kieran Foran

Team: Canterbury Bulldogs

Yearly salary: $1.2 Million

Contracted until: 2021

#1 Daly Cherry-Evans

Team: Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles

Yearly salary: $1.3 million

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