Paul Wood took one for the team when he suffered a ruptured
testicle playing in the grand final for UK club Warrington
Wolves last season, but the prop admits his misfortune has
proven a publicity windfall for rugby league in Britain.
The 31-year-old hard man was widely labelled the "toughest
man in sport" after playing on to the full-time whistle
having suffered the eye-watering injury at the start of the
Not only did the Wolves lose to Leeds, but Wood was rushed to
hospital where one of his prized-possessions was surgically
"The reaction was absolutely unbelievable. Everyone wanted to
talk to me," said the father-of-two this week as he began
"It was good for rugby league. It's probably had more
coverage than anything else over the last few years."
While the Super League player admits he's expecting "some
stick" about his altered anatomy from opposition, Wood has
taken some precautions.
"I had a box fitted, but whether I play in it all year I
don't know," he told British newspaper The Daily Telegraph.