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Top 10 Gruesome rugby injuries

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Some people can’t look, others can’t look away.

When someone goes down, are you the person that’s on the edge of your seat waiting to see the replay or are you hiding behind the sofa, if it’s the latter, then don’t bother scrolling any further.

Just this week we saw another pretty horrid looking rugby injury with Josh Navidi dislocating his elbow with the moment caught on camera.

With social media playing such a big part of rugby nowadays, often players treat us to the aftermath of their injuries and some of them are rather spectactular. We’ve pulled a few together.

Paddy Wallace:

Let’s kick things off with an oldy. Former Ulster and Irish centre Paddy Wallace went under the knife for thumb surgery and his surgeon was kind enough to supply a few snaps.

Scott Baldwin:

Remember the story of the Osprey’s star who had a run in with a lion…

David Pocock:

Nicholas Schonert:

The Worcester Warriors star had an altercation with the studs of Maro Itoje that required 40 stitches. #Whysoserious

Lachie Munroe:

“No kisses for at least 2 weeks”

James Horwill:

Valentin Courrent:

Imagine scoring a try, yelling with delight to discover you now have 3 lips.

Census Johnston:

Brian O’Driscoll:

Ben Ross:

Do you remember seeing a video of former Wallaby Wendell Sailor breaking some poor guys arm in an arm wrestle? It was this guy. Former Rugby League Star Ben Ross. Check this out for damage and if you’re brave, the video of the break below.

New Entries:

With every game week that goes past, we get new injuries. Here’s a few more recent injuries that could soon make their way into the Top 10:

Kylan Hamdaoui:

The Stade Francais Full Back took to Twitter after his most recent ‘bump’. The Tweet translated reads: “25 stitches and fracture of the orbital floor, normally without operation we will know in the coming days ?? a big thank you to all and all for your messages! ? A big thought for Tony and congratulations to the team for the victory at 13 against 15 ⚡️?”

Are we missing any from our list? Let us know via Facebook, Twitter or Instagram!

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Dan Carter issues post surgery update

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World Cup winning All Black, Dan Carter took to Instagram this morning to provide an update after having surgery on his neck.

Carter was due to move to Racing 92 as a medical joker last month, coming in to provide cover for the recently retired Pat Lambie. A deal had been signed and sealed but Carter failed the medical due to the discovery of a neck issue which has forced the former Crusader’s 10 under the knife.

Carter had previously played with Racing 92, picking up a Top 14 title during his time there. More recently he has been playing in the Japanese Top League with Kobelco Steelers. The Steelers granted Carter a temporary release from his contract to take up a short term contract with the Paris based side, Racing 92.

Carter has now had the surgery on his neck to hopefully resolve the issue and posted the below message on his Instagram.

“Another challenge to conquer”

While this injury has nullified his chances of returning to European rugby, Carter is optimistic it will not end his playing career. The 37 year old is hoping to return to his side in Japan, where he will be hoping to win another Top League title with the Steelers.

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Freddie Burns sends classy message to Jacob Stockdale.

Rory Best also spoke out.

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Bath Out-half Freddie Burns has reached out to Ulster Wing Jacob Stockdale offering the Irish star support on Twitter following his costly error against Leinster in the Champions Cup Quarter Final.

The 22-year-old shredded up the Leinster’s defence, crossing the whitewash only to knock the ball on when placing it down for a try.

Many online have been quick to criticise Stockdale including former Ireland captain Brian O’Driscoll.

With the score at 13-11 to Ulster at the time, a converted try would have put Ulster two scores ahead and in a very dominant position to clinch victory.

Burns will know exactly how Stockdale feels after he made a game defining boo-boo in Round 1 against Toulouse when he had the ball slapped out of his hand by Maxime Medard while scoring a try. He recently spoke about the incident on BT Sport describing the incident as ‘ Best thing that happened to me’. You can see the interview here.

Burns has put it behind him and has urged Stockdale to do the same.

Following the game, Stockdale posted the below picture and caption on his personal Instagram.

Rory Best was quick to back his teammate, commenting on the post

” Also, don’t forget to remember the world class moment u had during the game #collective”

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Will Addison Feeds Ducks

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With the evolution of social media, we’ve seen the evolution of parody accounts.

We’ve had ‘Stern Vern Cotter’, ‘Boring Kearney Brothers’, ‘NotGavHenson’ to name a few but the latest phenom is ‘Will Addison Feeds Ducks‘.

The Irish star has been a huge hit since making the move to Ulster this season. His success and enjoyment apparently has not been limited to the pitch but has extended to ponds across Northern Ireland with Will being spotted often with a loaf in hand lobbing bread at hungry ducks.

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When you finish training early #downtheduckpond

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There has been reports that Will was naive in his early feeding days, making the assumption that all ducks liked the same type of loaf ?‍♂️, totally ignoring cultural taste differences, how ignorant.

North Down resident, John Todd got in touch with us to say he recently saw Will in Crawfords Burn with a loaf of Tesco Value Medium Slicked White Bread but the North Down Ducks simply turned their beaks up at the offering.

“It was a nice gesture to be fair to the young chap but everyone knows that North Down Ducks are conscious of their carb intake and will only eat ‘Hovis Seed Sensations Wholemeal’. ”

It does seem that Will has got his act together and sorted his ‘one loaf fits all’ philosophy as he was again spotted at a pond close to Ballymena launching chunks of Veda bread to the local mallards.

As well as his ever-improving knowledge of localised duck taste preferences, Will is trying to ‘spread his wings’ from purely being a feeder, to a teacher or ‘influencer’ and was papped at a pond close to the Kingspan Stadium with fellow teammate John Cooney.

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Don’t get too close when feeding the ducks, John.

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One onlooker said that Will (pictured above wearing jeans & black trainer combo #sneans) was a natural teacher, showing great understanding and knowledge of the pond and feeding techniques as well as making John aware of the dangers involved in duck feeding.

“It was clear to see that Will has a passion for the ducks and desire to see others share that but John just didn’t seem to be as receptive”

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Not cool @johncooney00 #willwontbehappy #feedtheducks

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Cooney doesn’t seem to be the only Ulster star getting in on the duck action. Jacob Stockdale has also been rumoured to tinker in duck nourishment all be it with an unorthodox approach at feeding time.

Full kit, “Duck dive”.

Stockdale could prove to be a bigger diehard for ducks than Will with the Irish star revealing his new ‘ink’.

Rumours have been rife in the flock that Addison is secretly raging that Stockdale has beaten him to the chase as he has been planning a full ‘back piece’ of a geometric duck for several months. Stockdale seems to have taken advantage of the Italian ‘walk-ins only’ tattoo model whilst in Rome on the weekend and jumped ahead of Addison. Reports have said that Addison had already paid a deposit for his geometric duck but is now having second thoughts after Stockdale’s ink and could face losing his deposit should he cancel.

Addison reportedly has been furious with the Irish Kit man after learning that their off-field ‘Down Jacket’ is in fact, duck down. Allegedly speaking out in a recent team meeting about how he morally and ethicaly cannot wear ‘duck down’ and how he now sees his fellow teammates as ducks after seeing them donning ‘duck down apparel’.

If rumours are to be believed, Joe Schmidt backed Addison saying;

“If Will is uncomfortable, we have got to respect his views and passion. I’ve been told there is a ‘goose down’ option available so we will look to move to that jacket cause yo if we continue to support the wearing of duck down, then Will can’t feed ducks and there will be no ‘ Will Addison feeds Ducks’ Instagram account and I simply couldn’t live with myself if I was part of that demise.”

While it’s (hopefully) pretty obvious that the majority of the above is complete and utter nonsense. One thing that is for certain is that this account is a complete quacker.

So whoever is the Mastermind(s), keep up the great work!

Make sure and give the profile a follow to keep up with everything Will Addison and his Duck Feeding antics.

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