Rugby players are known for their toughness and National Rugby League star Sia Soliola is no exception.
Soliola suffered multiple facial fractures during a match between his Canberra Raiders and St. George Illawarra Dragons last week. He needed 20 screws inserted into his face, according to the New Zealand Herald.
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Soliola posted the extent of his injuries on Instagram, saying "at least my teeth are intact."
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Current and former rugby stars appeared in Soliola’s comments wishing the player a speedy recovery. Manu Vatuvei, Frank Pritchard and Michael Chee Kam were among those to write well wishes to the injured Raiders star.
However, the devastating injury may end his season, according to the New Zealand Herald. The 33-year-old is in the final year of his contract and the injury might not get a chance to prove his effectiveness on the pitch again.
Without Soliola, the Raiders lost to the Melbourne Storm on Saturday 20-14. Canberra sits in seventh place in the National Rugby League with 5-0-4 record and 10 points through nine matches.
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The club is four points behind second place Melbourne and Parramatta Eels and five points behind the Penrith Panthers.