Sunday 25 September 2016

Irish rugby player recalls horror tackle that almost left him without a penis

Published 15/03/2016 | 09:23

An Irish rugby league player has spoken of a horror injury that almost ripped his penis from his body.

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Haydn Peacock (23), who has played for the Irish rugby league team three times, was in action for his club AS Carcassonne in France last month when a tackle left him writhing in agony and needing 11 stitches to repair the damage to his penis, which partly came away from his body.

Australian-born Peacock revealed the moment an opposition player grabbed a hold of his crotch area and tackled him to the ground. Remarkably, Peacock played on until half-time before assessing the wound and immediately calling for a doctor.  

"At half-time I was like, I’ve got to have a look, I checked on it and the skin was half ripped off and I was like, s***, where’s the doctor? Where’s the doctor?" Peacock told freelance journalist Guy Williams.

"The opposition player made a tackle by reaching out and grabbing my d***, he got a hold of my d*** with one hand and pulled me down.

"The coach wanted me to go out and buy a cup but I’m not going to play with a cup. I wouldn’t of been able to run."

Peacock took to Instagram to add: "Not the best reason to be on the front page of the paper this morning. #rugbyleague is definitely not a sport I recommend. 11 stitches later for the little fella but she'll be right."

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