Rugby player plays with ruptured testicle
We're familiar with the expression, "Putting it all on the line," when it comes to sport and, as it turns out, some moments work out more literally than others. British Rugby player Paul Wood can attest to that wholeheartedly.
Wood, playing for the Warrington Wolves of the Super League, took a knee to the groin during the second half of Saturday's Super League Grand Final against the Leeds Rhinos. He played the rest of the game before heading to hospital.
When Wood arrived at the hospital, he had his right testicle removed because of a rupture.
To be clear: He played through a ruptured testicle.
Wood commented on the situation via his Twitter account.
Now just sat in hospital with a ruptured testicle! Please don't laugh it's very very very painful! & embarrassing #wolves2012— Paul Wood (@PaulWood_Wolves) October 6, 2012
Just come out of surgery, feeling much better, another assessment in the morning then hopefully home time to my babies— Paul Wood (@PaulWood_Wolves) October 7, 2012
@leonpryce6 ruptured my right testicle mate, got a knee 1 minute into the second half, had to have it removed tonight, no mad Monday gutted— Paul Wood (@PaulWood_Wolves) October 7, 2012
Just coming out the hospital to go home... Seriously feel like I've left something???— Paul Wood (@PaulWood_Wolves) October 7, 2012
Tony smith did say in his pre match team talk last night 'you're balls are on the line here guys!'I didn't think he meant literally #wolves— Paul Wood (@PaulWood_Wolves) October 7, 2012
For someone who just suffered an incredibly painful and awful injury, Paul Wood has one hell of a sense of humour and probably hasn't done anything to disprove those who think European Footballers are soft.
His Twitter profile says he is studying for his Master's at Bolton University, but we can all agree he's got a Ph.D in kicking ass and taking names.