The All Blacks’ shock loss to Ireland has led to a punter squandering $95,000.
Before the final Bledisloe Cup match last month, the punter had put that amount on the All Blacks to remain undefeated for the rest of the 2016 season.
The New Zealand TAB had offered odds of $NZ1.50 to go unbeaten in matches against Australia, Ireland, Italy, Ireland again and France.
The gambler stood to make a profit of $47,750.
Ecstatic Ireland captain Rory Best was ready to savour his side’s historic success over New Zealand after they added to the drought-breaking feelgood factor in Chicago with a 40-29 win at Soldier Field.
Two days after the Chicago Cubs ended their 108-year wait to win baseball’s World Series, the Irish put to rest their own hoodoo as they beat the All Blacks for the first time in 111 years of trying.
The world champions had been hailed as the greatest rugby side ever before the match, after piecing together a record 18-match winning run.
“We just talked about attacking New Zealand,” Best told BT Sport 2.
“We knew they are a great side. You can see how good a side they are and how much it means to our boys to have won that.
“We just had to go out and attack them.
“If you give them ball and stand off them they’re an unbelievably dangerous outfit.
“I couldn’t be prouder of the work we’ve put in over the last couple of weeks.
“It’s been a long time coming and history (has been) made. We’re absolutely ecstatic.”
Chicago celebrated the Cubs’ success by dying the river that runs through the city blue and, after securing victory in front of a packed stadium predominantly decked out in green, Best declared Ireland would now have to follow suit to mark their own historic win.
“It felt like a home game for us,” he said. “I suppose we’re going to have to dye the river green for this one.”