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LIST: 5 Rugby Stars who played through the pain barrier (and definitely, definitely shouldn’t have)

These five sacrificed it all to be on the pitch.

1. RICHIE MCCAW (BROKEN FOOT)

The two-time Rugby World Cup-winning All Blacks captain, and most capped international of all time, had to hide a broken foot from the media, his teammates and even his coach, then Graham Henry, during the 2011 RWC.

He would not only play the rest of the semi-final, but also the final a week later and in doing so eeked out a famous victory against France to end a 24-year wait for World Cup glory in New Zealand.

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