Bath and England centre Jonathan Joseph has revealed how he played through the pain barrier with his chest injury during the Rugby World Cup.
Joseph tore his pectoral muscle in England’s tournament opener against Fiji and was sidelined during their loss against Wales.
But he returned to action against Australia and also played against Uruguay but only discovered the severity of his injury when he returned to club action.
After returning to Bath, Joseph had a scan which revealed that only one third of his chest muscle was still attached to its bone.
He had an operation and made an earlier than expected return to action in Bath’s Premiership losss to Northampton last weekend.
“I was going to do everything I could to play,” said the 24-year-old.
“I wasn’t aware there was only a third attached.
“I felt something in my pec and wasn’t too happy about it as I’d done the other pec before and it felt a little bit similar.
“I did everything needed as far as reaction work was concerned, strapped it and managed to play against Australia and Uruguay with no dramas.
“When I got back to Bath, they had a little play with it. I had felt something in there during the Uruguay week but wasn’t too concerned.
“Bath had it scanned and in fact I only had about a third of the muscle still attached.”