British Rugby League Player Paul Wood Ruptures Testicle, Continues Playing, Has Testicle Removed After Game

Rugby league, which has all the physicality of football or rugby union but without all the stoppages in play, is one of the world’s most grueling sports.

As with any form of full-contact football, rugby league players, out of a love for their craft, put their bodies at risk of life-altering injury.

Paul Wood of the Warrington Wolves of England’s Super League*, for example, gave up a gonad for the cause of winning a title in Europe’s top rugby league league.

Prop forward Paul Wood (left) of the Warrington Wolves made the ultimate sacrifice in yesterday’s Super League Grand Final against Leeds. (Photo from the Press Association)

Early in the second half of yesterday’s Grand Final match between the Wolves and the Leeds Rhinos, Wood took a knee to the groin, resulting in a ruptured testicle.

But, this being the championship game, Wood made no mention of his injury and kept playing. Even in post-game interviews, he said nothing about one of his sexual organs being irreparably damaged.

Following the match and his media responsibilities, Wood drove to the hospital and had his right testicle removed.

Wood (who already has two children, in case you were wondering) later explained on Twitter what had happened:

Unfortunately for Wood (who celebrates his 31st birthday on Wednesday), Warrington lost 26-18 to Leeds in the Grand Final.

* The Super League also has one team in France.

About Josh Tinley

Josh Tinley writes the Away From The Action column at Midwest Sports Fans, covering all aspects of sport aside from what actually happens on the field, court, or track. Josh grew up in Indianapolis and graduated from the University of Evansville and Vanderbilt Divinity School. He is the author of Kneeling in the End Zone: Spiritual Lessons From the World of Sports and the managing editor of LinC, a weekly curriculum for teens that explores the intersection of faith and culture. Josh lives outside Nashville with his wife, Ashlee, and children, Meyer (7), Resha Kate (5), and Malachi (3). He will not allow himself to die before the Evansville Purple Aces make another trip to the NCAA Tournament. Follow him on Twitter @joshtinley or send him an e-mail.


  1. Rugby is the most brutal sport on the planet, playing offense AND defense for 80 minutes, only ten subs allowed in a game, I love it. Australian football is right up there as well.

    NFL players with huddles/substitutions can’t hold a candle to them.

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