In life, there is a fine line between dedication and insanity. Rugby is among those areas in which that fine line is blurred and, in many cases, bled upon.
Here are five of the most brutal injuries that England rugby players have fought their way through down the years.
1. JOE MARLER (BROKEN LEG)
The England international loose-head prop picked up the leg fracture during the first half of Quins’ 24-17 defeat at Worcester a few years back but played on and completed the 80 minutes. A proper hard man.
“In the first half against Worcester away,” said Marler. “The trouble was I did it in the first half and just thought it was a calf knock and pulled my calf as well so there was a bit of confusion there. I thought I could keep running on it because running is not really my forte anyway so I could get away with hobbling a bit.
“I got to the end of the game and said ‘strap it up it’s just a tight calf or whatever’, and then because of the frozen pitches and the weather, we didn’t really get a chance to run it again until the following week’s warm-up which I said to them ‘I’ll be alright, I’ll just run it off’ but I couldn’t run it off because my leg was broken.”