Rugby Rumours: Crotty follows Read, Smith to Quins, Bath's incoming props, Rugby's top earners

Ryan Crotty, Kwagga Smith, Bath Rugby, Israel Folau
Ryan Crotty, Kwagga Smith, Bath Rugby, Israel Folau

Crotty follows Read:

According to various sources it is believed that Ryan Crotty and the New Zealand Rugby Federation will soon be announcing his departure from NZ.

The 43 times capped All Black looks to be following his fellow compatriot, Kieran Read, to Japan with the Kubota Spears or Toyota Verblitz.

Smith to Quins:

We've had reports from a reliable source that South African sevens centurian, now 15s convert, Kwagga Smith has been picked up by an English club.

He has one solitary cap in XVs for the Springboks (in a more than healthy international back-row), which hasn't gone unnoticed by Premiership side Harlequins.

Bath's incoming props:

Bath Rugby look to be nearing a huge shake up with their front row, and props imparticular with a mass exodus, countered with a couple of hefty arrivals.

Some of the targets on the incoming list include Christian Judge, Lewis Boyce, Will Stuart... so this leaves us the question 'who will be on the way out!?'

Rugby's top earners (contracts from current Rugby):

1. Israel Folau (AUS, Waratahs): 1.26 million euros
2nd. Dan Carter (NZL, Steelers): 1.21 million euros
3rd. Matt Giteau (AUS, Suntory): 1.21 million euros
4th. Charles Piutau (NZL, Ulster): 1.1 million euros
5th. Aaron Cruden (NZL, Montpellier): 750,000 euros
6th. Steve Luatua (NZL, Auckland Blues): 719,000 euros
7th. Dan Biggar (WAL, Northampton): 663,000 euros
8th. Ma'a Nonu (NZL, Ex-Toulon, Auckland Blues): 663,000 euros
9th. Nicolas Sanchez (ARG, Ex-Jaguars, French Stadium): 644 000 euros
10th. Michael Hooper (AUS, Waratahs): 633,000 euros

From Esportif... expecting to see a few more Top 14 in there.