Carl Hayman top earner in France club rugby
Former All Black Carl Hayman is earning nearly NZ$68,000 a month at Toulon to put him in the top bracket of earners on the rich French rugby scene.
Hayman, the tighthead prop, is the only New Zealander in the top 10 earners in France's Top 14 Championship coming in at No 6 in a list published by Le Journal du Dimanche.
Hayman's Toulon team mate and former England star Johnny Wilkinson heads the list with a monthly salary of almost $93,000, according to the weekly newspaper.
Toulon, the Heineken Cup champions have five players in the top 10, including Bryan Habana, their new signing from South Africa.
The Springboks wing will be more than $NZ82,000 a month.
Top 10 earners in the Top 14*:
Jonny Wilkinson (Toulon) - €56,000 (NZ$92,789) per month
Jonathan Sexton (Racing Metro) - €52,000 (NZ$86,161)
Bryan Habana (Toulon) - €50,000 ($NZ82,847)
Morgan Parra (Clermont Auvergne) - €46,000 ($NZ76,220)
Thierry Dusautoir (Toulouse) - €43,000 ($NZ71,249)
Carl Hayman (Toulon) - €41,000 ($NZ67,935)
Dimitri Szarzewski (Racing Metro) - €41,000 ($NZ67,935)
Bakkies Botha (Toulon) - €41,000 ($NZ67,935)
Jamie Roberts (Racing Metro) - €40,000 ($NZ66,278)
Matt Giteau (Toulon) - €40,000 ($NZ66,278)
*According to Le Journal du Dimanche