|Tuesday, 09 October 2012 12:05|
LONDON: Paul Wood reckons footballers don’t have the nuts to cope with rugby league, reported Daily Star.
Warrington Wolves forward Wood had a testicle removed after playing through the pain barrier in last Saturday’s Grand Final against Leeds. The former Great Britain star, 31 tomorrow, played on in agony for 20 minutes after getting hit in the groin.
However, he has blasted the Premier League’s pampered stars for ruining their own sport with their wimpy antics.
Liverpool’s Luis Suarez and Tottenham’s Gareth Bale were both ridiculed on Sunday for taking blatant dives in an attempt to con the officials.
And Wood said: “Some of the incidents you see in football are pretty laughable and they spoil the game.
“It’s not sportsmanship when they dive to try and win penalties and freekicks – players wouldn’t allow that in rugby league.
“Nobody pretends to be injured, quite the opposite. You try to play on, no matter how seriously injured you are.
“If you looked through the Warrington and Leeds sides at the Grand Final, you’d be very surprised at how many players suffered injuries or needed painkilling injections to play.”
Wood was accidentally caught in the crown jewels a minute into the second half of Saturday’s 26-18 defeat by Leeds.
“Getting whacked in the groin is not unusual, but normally you can run the pain off after a few minutes. But the pain on Saturday wouldn’t subside. I could manage it while I was playing, but when I came off the pain was getting worse.
“By the time we got back in the changing rooms after the game my right testicle had swollen to the size of a tennis ball.
“I looked at it and went, ‘Wow, something’s seriously wrong’. As the pressure built, it was getting bigger.”
Wood was taken to hospital where surgeons told him the testicle was ruptured and needed to be removed urgently.
Back home yesterday with wife Shelly and his two children, Wood can see the funny side of his injury.
“It’s bizarre how famous my testicles now are,” he said.
“Apparently Eamonn Holmes has even been talking about them on TV. There’s still a bit of pain, but it’s not excruciating and I feel OK.”
Wood admits he was gutted to miss Wolves’ end-of-season drinking session, but said: “It wasn’t worth the risk.
“Drinking 20 pints of lager might not have been the best thing to do.
“I’ve also told my wife to stay away from me for a while!”