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Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Valentin Courrent scores try then suffers freak injury from teammate's boot

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Grenoble celebrated a 34-21 home win over Biarritz and a move up to the top six of the Top 14, but the win came at a price as they lost a few players to injury, and none more dramatically than scrumhalf Valentin Courrent, who was sliced open by his teammate.

Biarritz suffered their sixth loss in a row despite scoring twice, through Zee Ngwenya and Marcelo Bosch, as  Grenoble maintained their unbeaten record at Stade Lesdiguieres this season.

Young flyhalf Jonathan Pelissie took full advantage of the opposition's ill-discipline as his boot kept Grenoble in the lead throughout, aided by their only try of the game, scored by scrumhalf Courrent.

His try came from a well contructed lineout move early in the first half, but ended in disaster as he popped up over the tryline only to be met with the boot of Australian teammate Anthony Hegarty.

"It was a tough game. Half back had to get 26 stitches to his top lip don't think he was to happy with me," Hegarty told Brumbies assistant coach Laurie Fisher on Twitter.

The studs of his boot came into contact with Courrent's face and sliced him from the lip up. The former Biarritz halfback had to leave the field and was taken to hospital to be stiched up, and will no doubt have a bad scar, but an interesting story to tell in years to come.

If you're curious, you can see a closeup of the damage by clicking on the image above. You can also view how it looked in the change room afterwards, courtesy of a Hegarty tweet here.

Posted by Rugbydump at 12:17 pm | View Comments (15)

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Colombes November 06, 2012 6:57 pm

How do u want your steak? rare or well done...
More seriously, very very unlucky guy

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michael moore November 06, 2012 7:05 pm

Why was his team mate putting him back over on his back when it was quite obvious he wanted to go on his front for a clear airway, are rugby players not taught first aid as more than likley a player will be the first to the casualty.

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Bunn November 07, 2012 12:45 am

My medical student girlfriend says it was the right thing to do because of a very high risk of infection outweighs the risk of choking on his own blood as there isn't any major blood supply to that area. The player seemed to know what he was doing as he got involved straight away

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cheyanqui November 06, 2012 7:57 pm

scary reminder to me of the Clint Malarchuk incident in the National Hockey League 20 years ago. But thankfully, this is not nearly as graphic.

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UpTheLowEnd November 06, 2012 8:40 pm

Although that was a skate, a very blade like object, as oppose to a rugby stud. This is nowhere near as bad.

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Guy November 06, 2012 9:08 pm

Friend of mine had the same injury, happened to him in a tackle. Unfortunately it happened the day he was going to a fancy dinner where he would meet his girlfriends parents for the very first time.

My guess: that will leave a nasty scar. That hooker must feel like crap. Diving over his opponent so he wont hurt him...irony.

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Pretzel November 06, 2012 11:41 pm

OMFG, that close up is horrific!!!!

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Pretzel November 06, 2012 11:50 pm

Oh and for the record I expect a 9 week ban for reckless use of the boot...

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Jeroo November 07, 2012 3:36 pm

Really bad luck "Here, have this scoring pass oh... and a boot in the face". Poor bloke. Truly a freak accident.

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downwithdropgoals November 07, 2012 8:46 pm

It was like a move from an old street fighter game or something.
Poor fella, Jesus that pic from the changing room is haunting.

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browner November 08, 2012 9:50 pm

Cab anyone tell whether the player was wearing studs, cleats, or blades ?

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Neil November 14, 2012 2:39 am

Luckily for the guy, it's healed up well and doesn't seem to have left a horrific scar. Definition of a freak accident!

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guest June 18, 2013 9:06 am

yep, cos infection is a real killer once you have already died choking on your own blood

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