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Rugby: Play until they amputate!

October 9, 2012

Traditional Rugby slogan: “Play until they amputate!” (Possibly related to the two substitutions per match for injury only rule.)

Full disclosure: As a proud social member of a Rugby football club, I would often wear a big button with this slogan.

(CNN) — British rugby league player Paul Wood has lost a testicle after a collision during the English sport’s showpiece final at Manchester’s Old Trafford stadium on Saturday.

But, as Oscar Wilde informed us, “Life is the imitation of art.”

Rugby player loses testicle after final defeat – CNN.com http://bit.ly/SPfAqP

Wood was playing for the Warrington Wolves against Leeds Rhinos in the Super League Grand Final.

The prop sustained the injury one minute into the second half, but managed to play the rest of the match before seeking treatment. [My emphasis.]

Despite Wood’s determined effort, Warrington lost the match 26-18 to 2011 champions Leeds.

“Ruptured my right testicle, got a knee one minute into the second half, had to have it removed,” tweeted the 30-year-old father of two.

Showing his sense of humor remained intact, he later tweeted: “Just coming out the hospitalto go home… Seriously feel like I’ve left something?

“Tony Smith (Warrington coach) did say in his pre-match team talk last night ‘your balls are on the line here guys!’ I didn’t think he meant literally.”

Rugby League is similar to Rugby Union, although each team has 13 players rather than 15.

In addition to being played in Britain, the sport is also popular is Australia and New Zealand.

“Rugby is the only sport for the truly tough. All the rest are sissy sports. How come you’re not tough enough to play Rugby? Like my friends, the Washington Furies.” (My frequent declaration to athletic friends when I was a proud social member of the Washington Women’s Rugby Football Club.)

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