NRL star facing a month out after playing with ruptured testicle for 45 minutes
A Warriors star is facing a month on the sideline after ignoring the pain of a ruptured testicle to keep playing for a further 45 minutes.
New Zealand Warriors playmaker Chanel Harris-Tavita played over 45 minutes of his team’s loss to the Melbourne Storm on Monday with a ruptured testicle.
After what has been described as one of the toughest performances of the 2022 NRL season, Harris-Tavita has already had surgery for the injury and now faces three to four weeks on the sidelines to recover.
The gruesome injury occurred when fellow teammate Josh Curran’s knee slammed into Harris-Tavita’s groin as they combined to stop Melbourne fullback Ryan Papenhuyzen scoring in the final minutes of the first half.
Long-time physiotherapist and NRL injury analyst Brien Seeney described Harris-Tavita’s effort to play through the injury as “the toughest effort of 2022” and expected the Warriors star to have been in considerable pain.
After almost two minutes being attended to on the Warriors’ goal-line, Harris-Tavita re-joined his team’s defensive line and went on to play the full 80 minutes while never missing a tackle in what was a record loss for the club.
Harris-Tavita’s injury is a further setback for the Warriors side ahead of its round eight clash against Canberra on Saturday.
The team had already lost Curran and Dallin Watene-Zelezniak to injury, plus prop Aaron Pene to suspension.
With Kodi Nikorima also unavailable after a positive Covid test and off-season signing Ash Taylor out indefinitely, Shaun Johnson is the only fit, established playmaker left.