Here are some players who have beat the odds and continued playing for their side.
JAMIE ROBERTS (CRACKED SKULL)
After colliding with Stirling Mortlock, he cracked his skull around his right eye, ending the Wallabies captain’s contest. Despite this, the Cardiff Blues centre managed to stay on the field for another 15 minutes, even contributing to the game’s first try, before succumbing to the pain.
RICHIE MCCAW (BROKEN FOOT)
During the 2011 Rugby World Cup, All Blacks captain and all-time most capped international had to hide a broken foot from the media, his teammates, and even his coach, Graham Henry.
He would go on to play not only the rest of the semi-final but also the final a week later, eking out a memorable triumph over France to end New Zealand’s 24-year quest for World Cup gold.
JOE MARLER (BROKEN LEG)
The 26-year-old prop suffered a leg fracture in the first half of Quins’ 24-17 loss to Worcester a few years ago, but he returned to play the remaining minutes.
JOHNNY SEXTON (Fractured wrist, broken arm and ruptured ankle tendons)
According to the Irish Independent, the fly-half entered the last Test for the Lions against the All Blacks in 2017 with a fractured wrist suffered in the second Test before rupturing a tendon in his ankle during the first half of the decider in Auckland.
He hurt his wrist in the second half of the All Blacks’ epic victory, but he bandaged it up for the series finale.
He underwent scans after the 15-all draw, which revealed he had a broken bone in his arm.
WAYNE SHELFORD (RIPPED SCROTUM)
Shelford, in only his second international game, sustained arguably the most horrible injury known to man.
Shelford had three teeth knocked out of his skull during the famed “Battle of Nantes” between New Zealand and France in 1986, before receiving a concussion that put him out. though, The worst was yet to come.
early in the second half while trying to collect the ball from a ruck, A stray French boot ripped apart his scrotum leaving one of his testicles hanging out. Shelford was completely unaware of the situation until after the game when he simply asked the team doctor to stitch him back up.
The game ended in a 16-3 loss for New Zealand, although it was Shelford’s lone international defeat. He went on to be a member of New Zealand’s first-ever Rugby World Cup-winning team, and he even captained the team for three years after that.