Michael Fatialofa given heartwarming standing ovation on return to Worcester training

Worcester Warriors forward Michael Fatialofa has returned to the training ground just seven days after leaving hospital following a serious neck injury.

It was feared the New Zealand-born flanker, 27, might never walk again after he was hurt playing against Saracens on 4 January.

Fatialofa suffered his injury – a C4 vertebrae fracture and spinal contusion – when joining a maul less than a minute after coming on against Saracens as a second-half replacement at Allianz Park.

The standing ovation from teammates and staff is truly heartwarming.


LIST | 5 hilarious Jason Leonard stories

England legend Jason Leonard has told many great stories down the years.

Here are some of our favourites.

1. ‘I didn’t do it’

Just before we headed out to the 1995 World Cup in South Africa, all the players agreed on a booze ban when coach Jack Rowell discovered that someone had come in at 2am. He accused me at training the next day and I flatly denied it. As I told Martin Bayfield standing next to me: “It couldn’t have been me Bayf – I didn’t get in until 4am.” Poor Bayf just burst out laughing.

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