Canberra Raiders forward Shaun Fensom showed just how tough rugby league players can be this week, when he showed up for weight training the day after breaking his arm.
The 27-year-old loose forward did not know that a knock he took in training the previous day had actually broken his arm.
He began his weights session, and the effort required meant that the undisplaced fracture he suffered the previous day broke right through.
But he should only be sidelined for around five or six weeks, and should make the start of the NRL season, after having a plate inserted into his arm, which does not now require a cast.
“He broke his arm, but he won’t miss the start of the season,” Raiders coach Ricky Stuart told Fairfax Media.
“He hurt his arm in a scrimmage and was in a fair bit of pain, and couldn’t lift much.
“Fenno came back in the next day and started weights, but he was in a lot of discomfort.
“He did a couple of lifts and went for a certain exercise where he had to pull a fair weight, and his arm snapped.
“Fenno is one of the few in our group who wouldn’t know he’d broken his arm, his pain threshold is amazing.”
In 2013, Fensom broke his wrist and played in an NRL game the week after.