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English player keen to return despite exploded testicle, Annesley defends NAS incident

Newcastle Thunder winger Jack Johnson wants to return to rugby league in the near future despite suffering the pain of an exploded testicle in a training mishap 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 he was on the wrong end of a knee from a teammate during a training drill.

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

Johnson was able to retain his sense of humour, 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)

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

“Not my greatest Thursday ever, with the old testicle exploding at training. Had it removed last night. Will be back soon just a little bit lighter ???? #OBJ And as the saying goes RL wins again xx P.S does the swelling stay asking for a friend.”

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

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

Annesley defends match reviewers afer Asofa-Solomona avoids charge

The NRL’s match review committee has taken the unusual step of explaining why it did not sanction Melbourne’s Nelson Asofa-Solomona after he planted his elbow into the face of Warriors hooker Wayde Egan.

Match review committee coordinator Luke Patten released a video during head of football Graham Annesley’s weekly briefing on Monday where he justified the decision to not charge Asofa-Solomona.

Asofa-Solomona was placed on report on Friday and Egan reportedly sustained damage to his teeth.

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

Adding to the confusion was the fact that Sydney Roosters prop Jared Waerea-Hargreaves was charged for using an elbow to the face of Manly debutant Zac Fulton on Thursday.

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

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

Patten, however, said the contact was minimal in the case of Asofa-Solomona.

“There might be possibly minor contact at the end of the tackle with Nelson’s forearm to the neck and chin area,” he said. “That was a minor contact.

“It was a forceful tackle which unfortunately resulted in Egan’s head going into the ground.”

Annesley said injury was considered when determining a grading.

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

“In order to have injury considered in grading there has to have been an offence committed.”

Meanwhile, North Queensland’s Jason Taumalolo has been fined $3000 after being charged for a grade one shoulder charge – his second of the season – on St George Illawarra’s Blake Lawrie.

Dragons forward Jaydn Su’A escaped with an $1800 fine for pulling Luciano Leilua’s hair in the same game.  

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