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Kiwis headline list of France's highest-paid rugby players

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Clubs from France's premier rugby competition the Top 14 have lifted the lid on one of the features that makes them most attractive to southern hemisphere rugby players - the wages

According to French media, glamour clubs Toulon and Racing 92 once again headline the list as the clubs that pay its players the highest salaries, with Racing 92 just edging Toulon with an average monthly wage of NZ$53,380.

With the figures released by the clubs themselves, how do former southern hemisphere-based players compare?

As you would expect, New Zealand rugby players feature heavily in a list of the highest paid in France but interestingly enough, only two Kiwis crack the top five and three inside the top 10.

Check out the list below (all wages are monthly and have been converted from Euro to NZD):

20. Juan Imhoff (Racing 92) - $38,800

19. Jason Eaton (La Rochelle) - $40,400

18. David Smith (Castres) - $42,000

17. Joe Rokocoko (Racing 92) - $42,000

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16. Willem Alberts (Stade Francais) - $56,600

15. Nemani Nadolo (Montpellier) - $56,600

14. Victor Vito (La Rochelle) - $61,470

13. James O'Connor (Toulon) - $64,705

12. Francois Steyn (Montpellier) - $64,705

11. Colin Slade (Pau) - $66,300

10. Conrad Smith (Pau) - $66,300

9. Ma'a Nonu (Toulon) - $67,940

8. Rory Kockott (Castres) - $69,550

7. Duane Vermeulen (Toulon) - $72,793

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6. Morne Steyn (Stade Francais) - $76,029

5. Will Genia (Stade Francais) - $76,029

4. Luke McAlister (Toulon) - $80,882

3. Leigh Halfpenny (Toulon) - $88,972

2. Matt Giteau (Toulon) – $105,146

1. Dan Carter (Racing 92) - $114,850

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