Former GB front-runner and winner of a 6th placed medal at Rio 2016, Dan Fox is here to tell us what it’s like to be on the receiving end of multiple drag flicks to the goolies.
That match against Australia, when the ball ricocheted off the post before slamming into your chin, what was it like?
After four days in a medically-induced coma I woke up in hospital with an immense pain pulsating across my entire head. The surgeons had to fix six metal pins into my lower face to stop it falling apart, but everyone was really supportive and after eight months intense rehab and physiotherapy I was ready to play again. It’s the kind of experience that improves you as a player and as a person.
What an inspiring story! However, in your very first match back your left shin was shattered after a reckless swing by a Maori defender. How did you deal with that?
Yeah, that was annoying. There were bits of bone on the pitch, and the team doctor had to pump me full of morphine to take away the pain. My leg was in a cast for a good five months, after which I had to endure three major cartilage transfusions to stop my leg going hard and brittle.
Incredible stuff! I noticed that you walked in with a limp today, is that from another on-field injury?
No. George Pinner gave me a wedgie this morning, and the heat burn evaporated my last remaining testicle.