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I made a tackle with the bone sticking out of my finger: Stephen Ferris

Tommy Bowe, Rob Kearney, Jamie Heaslip and Stephen Ferris celebrate winning the Grand Slam

Tommy Bowe, Rob Kearney, Jamie Heaslip and Stephen Ferris celebrate winning the Grand Slam

  • by Ciaran Donaghy
 

Ireland backrow, Stephen Ferris, recalls how tears of pain turned to tears of joy as the side defeated Wales in Cardiff to claim the Six Nations Grand Slam in 2009.

The 28-year-old, who made 35 appearances in the green shirt, including a World Cup in 2011, retired from rugby on Tuesday due to injury.

Ferris was forced out of the final Six Nations decider against Wales in the Millennium Stadium with a finger injury just seven minutes in.

He recalls: “Martyn Williams kicked me on the finger and the bone came flying out the side of it.

“I was waving at Wayne Barnes (the referee) and he didn’t know what I was doing. Paulie O’Connell was shouting ‘ref Stevie has a compound fracture’ but Barnes was like play on!

“I made another tackle with the bone sticking out my hand!

“I came in and they (the medical team) said you can’t go on, you risk losing your finger here if it gets infected.

“I went into a corner in the changing room and just broke into tears. Then I was like, catch yourself on get out and support the team.

“It was a great day for Irish Rugby and a great day for me personally, a great day for my family and maybe we got a bit of luck too.

“They are great memories and we had a great night out and that is one of the highlights.”

 

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