Four of the biggest bets ever placed on rugby union

These are some of the largest bets ever placed on rugby matches around the world, with some people coming away happier than others.

1. Steve Richards’ Unfortunate Loss

56-year old Steve Richards, a roofing contractor from Wales, got extremely lucky when a £10 accumulator bet on the outcome of 12 football matches turned into a whopping £40,000. For most, that would be a life-changing amount of money, but Richards decided to gamble it further and just days later placed a £30,000 bet that Wales would beat Australia in the Rugby International. When Wales lost 30-26, the gambler’s luck ran out and he pocketed just £9,000 of his original winnings, proving sometimes it’s best to walk away with what you have than take the risk.

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