English rugby league star Paul Wood felt more than the pain of defeat after he ruptured a testicle during the weekend's Super League Grand final.
The Warrington prop forward caught a knee to the groin during the second half of his team's 26-18 defeat to Leeds.
The blow ruptured a testicle but rather than come off for treatment the father-of-two played on.
The veteran star, who celebrates his 31st birthday this week, made no mention of the injury during his post-match interviews.
But it was later revealed he underwent surgery to have his testicle removed.
"Ruptured my right testicle, got a knee 1 minute into the second half, had to have it removed." He tweeted earlier in the day before adding "Just coming out the hospital to go home... Seriously feel like I've left something?"
But Wood is not the only league star to play on with such a injury.In 2004 Australian Chris Flannery played for almost a full match with a torn testicle for the Sydney Roosters.