Rugby league player has testicle removed after it exploded in training

Drew Darbyshire
Jack Johnson Newcastle Thunder rugby league PA

Rugby league player Jack Johnson has had to have a testicle removed after it exploded during an unfortunate accident in training.

The Newcastle Thunder winger has become rugby league’s latest casualty to have suffered a ruptured testicle.

Johnson, 23, saw the funny side of it despite the pain, saying “he’ll be back soon, just a little lighter”.

“What a load of b******s,” Johnson tweeted.

“Not my greatest Thursday ever, with the old testicle exploding at training. Had it removed last night.

“Will be back soon just a little bit lighter.

“And as the saying goes RL wins again.

“P.S. does the swelling stay? Asking for a friend.”

The Audenshaw-born winger came through the ranks at Super League club Warrington. He scored seven tries in 18 first team appearances fort he Wolves. Whilst at Warrington he enjoyed successful loan spells with Rochdale and Widnes.

Johnson then made the permanent move to Championship heavyweights Featherstone in 2019 and Widnes the following season.

He made the move to the north east ahead of last season, scoring 22 tries in 33 games for the full-time Championship club thus far.

Rugby league is just nuts

Although an incredibly squeamish injury, Johnson’s casualty is not unfamiliar in rugby league.

New Zealand Warriors half-back Chanel Harris-Tavita played 45 minutes with a ruptured testicle in an NRL game against Melbourne Storm back in April.

Meanwhile, Johnson’s former team-mate Jack Hughes played a full game for Warrington with a ruptured testicle back in 2019.

Paul Wood had a testicle removed after rupturing it in Warrington’s Grand Final defeat to Leeds back in 2012. The prop played the game before going to hospital after the game.

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