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Rugby player Paul Wood loses testicle in match


Paul Wood of Warrington Wolves offloads in the tackle from Carl Ablett of Leeds Rhinos during the Carnegie Challenge Cup Final between Leeds Rhinos and Warrington Wolves at Wembley Stadium on August 25, 2012 in London, England.


Jan Kruger

In a statement that will make every man wince, professional rugby player Paul Wood announced that he had to have a testicle removed following a particularly brutal match. 

"Ruptured my right testicle mate, got a knee 1 minute into the second half, had to have it removed tonight, no mad Monday, gutted," he said on Twitter.

According to MSN, Wood's team, the Warrington Wolves, was playing against Leeds Rhinos at Old Trafford on October 6 when he suffered the injury. But to show just how ballsy he still was, Wood continued to play and do post-match interviews with media without mentioning his injury. 

After he announced his injury, Wood said in an interview with BBC, "it really sounds worse than it is." Wood added that the injury has made him think about the possibility of wearing protection in future games. "It's something I'm going to look at because obviously I've only got one now—so I've got to look after it. If I want any more kids this has got to be my pride and joy." 

In a game that is well-known for its brutality, it should come as no surprise that Wood isn't the first player to experience a ruptured testicle and play through the pain. 

According to the Guardian, Chris Flannery, an Australian forward who has spent the last few seasons with St Helens, played for almost a full match with a torn testicle for the Sydney Roosters in 2004.