England player keen to return despite exploding testicle, Annesley defends NAS incident

Newcastle Thunder winger Jack Johnson wants to return to rugby league in the near future despite suffering from the pain of an exploded testicle in a training accident last week.

The 26-year-old who plays for the club in the Championship, the second tier competition below the Super League, was left in extreme pain after being on the wrong side of a team-mate’s knee during a drill training.

He was rushed to hospital and doctors removed the damaged testicle.

Johnson was able to retain his sense of humor by posting on social media, “What a load of BOLLOCKS.

Jack Johnson (right) celebrates a Newcastle Thunder try. ((Photo by Chris Lishman/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

“Not my best Thursday ever, with old testicle exploding in practice. Had it taken out last night. Will be back soon just a little lighter???? #OBJ And as the saying goes, RL wins again xx PS is the swelling left to ask a friend.

English tabloid The Sun, true to form, used DONE HIS NUT in its headline about the story of Johnson’s horrific injury.

Johnson, who played for Warrington and Widnes in the Super League, has scored 10 tries in 15 appearances for the Thunder this season.

Annesley defends match critics after Asofa-Solomona avoids accusation

The NRL Match Review Board have taken the unusual step of explaining why they did not sanction Melbourne’s Nelson Asofa-Solomona after he planted his elbow in the face of Warriors hooker Wayde Egan.

Match Review Committee coordinator Luke Patten released a video during Monday’s football chief Graham Annesley’s weekly briefing in which he justified the decision not to charge Asofa-Solomona.

Asofa-Solomona was reported on Friday and Egan reportedly suffered tooth damage.

Immortal and Nine Network commentator Andrew Johns said the lack of punishment was “laughable” and claimed the intent was such that Asofa-Solomona should be given a four-month suspension.

Adding to the confusion is the fact that Sydney Roosters mainstay Jared Waerea-Hargreaves was accused of elbowing debutant Manly Zac Fulton in the face on Thursday.

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - JULY 29: Nelson Asofa-Solomona of the Storm runs is tackled by Josh Curran of the Warriors during the NRL Round 20 game between the New Zealand Warriors and the Melbourne Storm at Mt Smart Stadium on July 29 July 2022, in Auckland, New Zealand.  (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)

Nelson Asofa-Solomona. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)

Patten, however, said contact was minimal in Asofa-Solomona’s case.

“There could be minor contact at the end of the tackle with Nelson’s forearm in the neck and chin area,” he said. “It was a minor contact.

“It was a powerful tackle that unfortunately drove Egan’s head into the ground.”

Annesley said injuries are taken into account when determining a ranking.

“It’s only a charge if a player is found to have broken the rules,” Annesley said.

“For the injury to be taken into account in the classification, an offense must have been committed.”

Meanwhile, North Queensland’s Jason Taumalolo has been fined $3,000 after being charged with a tier one shoulder charge – his second of the season – on St George Illawarra’s Blake Lawrie.

Dragons forward Jaydn Su’A escaped with an $1,800 fine for pulling Luciano Leilua’s hair in the same game.

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