Rugby ‘The pain was top of the Richter scale’ – Hughes on agony of ruptured testicle

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Jack Hughes’ says his recent testicle injury was the most painful moment of his career
Coral Challenge Cup final
Venue:Wembley StadiumDate:Saturday, 24 AugustKick-off:15:00 BST
Coverage:Live on BBC One from 14:00 BST; BBC local radio; live text commentary on the BBC Sport website and app

Rugby league players are used to the bumps, breaks and bruises of a full-contact sport. It goes with the territory.

But sometimes, injuries occur that really do floor the biggest of athletes.

Spare a thought for Jack Hughes, who, on the cusp of Warrington Wolves’ Wembley return in Saturday’s Challenge Cup final, has been recovering from a ruptured testicle sustained in a Super League game at Catalans Dragons earlier this month.

Hughes told BBC Sport: “(The pain) is up there. It’s top of the Richter scale.

“That initial five minutes of getting the knee (in the groin) was pretty painful. I wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy.

“I genuinely couldn’t get off the floor for five minutes, I just needed that time to myself.

“It settled down but then I came out for the second half and the swelling started coming out. The more swelling, the more I struggled.

“I had to get off and get myself checked, and within a couple of hours I was in surgery. Gladly the surgeon did a good job and I’ve stil

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