If everyone had taken him up on the bet – and many did – he could have lost as much as £3m.
But after the Welsh romped to a 30-3 victory, sealing the Six Nations title in the process, Healey tweeted that he would not be honouring the bet.
"Before you all start asking for a pound here's the legals...," Healey tweeted shortly after the match, linking to another tweet from a few days ago in which he claimed he would withdraw the offer with referee Steve Walsh officiating.
He did at least, however, have the humility to add: "Well played Wales!"
“Happy to bet a pound with every person in Wales ENGLAND take the 6 nations,” Healey had originally claimed, in a bet which caught the imagination of many in Wales.
Wales Online newspaper encouraged its readers to accept the bet, raising £2,731 worth of bets and counting against Healey the day before the match.
Celebrities have also got involved, with former Strictly Come Dancing Judge Arlene Phillips and ex-Wales international Rupert Moon taking him up on his offer.
In theory, it would have been a great value bet for Healey.
Had Healey made the same bet with the bookmakers (at odds of roughly 3/10 on), he would have needed to risk £10m to win £3m.
Instead, had every Welshman, woman and child taken him on, he was effectively betting at evens – a pound gained if he won, a pound lost if he lost.
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