he Worcester Warriors yesterday announced the signing of Ben Te’o.
Given the fact that the Worcester Warriors failed in their very public pursuit of Manu Tuilagi, when they yesterday announced that they had made a ‘major signing’ on their website, we expected to read that one of the game’s elite players was on their way to Sixways.
However we were underwhelmed to find out that the ‘major signing’ was in fact Leinster’s Ben Te’o. Although Te’o enjoyed a successful career in the NRL with the Wests Tigers, Brisbane Broncos and the South Sydney Rabbitohs, he has not had the desired impact at Leinster.
As a result, we expected that Te’o would not be among the highest earners in the Premiership. However we were wrong.
Writing in the Irish Independent, Ruaidhri O’Connor reported that Te’o has doubled his salary to a little over £366,000, by joining the Warriors.
Such a salary will make Te’o the fourth highest paid player in the Premiership next season, according to this table previously published by the Daily Mail.
How a player such as Te’o can demand a salary greater than the likes of Joe Launchbury and Mike Brown is really quite baffling.