Some of the guys on this list didn’t get second chances to recoup the big paydays they passed up.
Let’s take a look at five players who declined multi-year, in some case multi-million pund deals.
1. Ugo Monye to Racing 92
The former England and Lions winger turned down an offer to leave Harlequins and become the highest paid winger in the world. Monye didn’t make the move to France, and played for Quins throughout his career.
“I had a few offers to go to France,” he said.
“The best and biggest offer I got was from Racing.
“They were offering me three times my Harlequins wages and at the time it would have made me the highest paid winger in the world,” he added.