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R78m per year! WP’s budget the biggest in SA


The Western Province Rugby Union (WPRU) has the biggest player budget of the all the South African rugby franchises, a report indicates, reports Sport24

Afrikaans publication Netwerk24 on Sunday revealed that the Cape franchise had spent R78 million on 128 contracted players (average R609 375) last year.

The Bulls (R68 million for 151 players – average R450 331), Lions (R66 million for 117 players – average R564 103), Sharks (R65 million for 111 players – average R585 586) followed.

The country’s two PRO14 franchises – the Cheetahs (R41 million for 92 players – average R445 652) and Southern Kings (R12 million for 68 players – average R176 471) spent considerably less.

On average, a South African Super Rugby player earned R1 055 440 last season, with the figures excluding win-bonuses.

The highest paid player was Sharks prop Tendai ‘Beast’ Mtawarira who earned R3 744 796 through his Super Rugby contract.

Meanwhile, Bulls coach John Mitchell is reported to be unhappy with his player budget and has requested R90 million from the Bulls board to help turn the franchise into a dominant force in Super Rugby again.

The Lions have fared the best with their budget in recent years after reaching a third Super Rugby final over the weekend when they beat the Waratahs 44-26 at Ellis Park.

They will face the Crusaders in Christchurch on Saturday where they will be looking to make it third time lucky, having lost last year’s final to the same opponents 25-17 at Ellis Park.

They lost 20-3 to the Hurricanes in the 2016 final in Wellington.

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  1. So Bulls current budget is R68million. So is the R90million over and above that or is it just adding R22million? Interestingly, the Lions, Sharks and Stormers have less contracted players than the Bulls, but pays those players better on average. Shows how stupid our spending on players have been. We have 151 contracted players, of which at least 50 will never be Superrugby quality. Time to cut the dead wood, then we can afford to pay better players more and keep them here.

  2. @Aldo:

    Surely a case of an extra R22mill… No team in South Africa has an extra amount double the Super Rugby salary caps of NZAR. Those 151 players are not supposed to be ‘just’ Super Rugby players they would make up all the professional feeder competitions and groups. South Africa as a whole barely 4×23
    players of Super Rugby ‘quality’ across the four franchises. Bulls Super Rugby squad including ‘extended squad’ is just under 50 much like every other SANZAR team.

  3. @bryce_in_oz: that I know, which is why I say would never be Superrugby quality. If not more than 50 of those that will never be good enough. We’ve signed stupidly, feeder teams should consist of future hopefuls, which we don’t really have a lot of.

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