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Title: ... p117 - Billy Wilson _ memories by (p64) Gasnier - Billy playing with broken ribs

we got word that Bluey had a couple of badly broken ribs

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Reg Gasnier on Billy Wilson

St George

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21/04/2006

courtesy of Tony Adams great book The Hitmen - A tribute to League's tough guys.

Reg Gasnier, tells another story of the special bond between Billy Wilson and his former Saints team mates.

"We were playing Norths at Kogarah Jubilee Oval and just before we ran out onto the field, we got word that Bluey had a couple of badly broken ribs," Gasnier remembers. "there was no way he should of been playing but it was a game against Saints and he wasn't about to miss it. When we ran out onto the field to face them, we could clearly see he had rolls and rolls of elastoplast around his ribs for protection. The word was quickly passed among the Saints players to go easy on him. Everytime we tackled him, it was like we were dropping Billy on eggshells."

"It didn't take long for Billy to work out what was going on and he was furious. He hated the thought of getting and special treatment, even though he was obviously playing in great difficulty. He really started getting stuck into us. 'You're a bunch of sissies,' he yelled at us. 'You wouldn't know how to tackle hard.'

'He was hoping his abuse would bring an end to our gentle treatment but we knew him too well. Our forwards looked after him all game and he lasted the 80 minutes without any problems, although his pride probably took a bit of a battering.


Appears in the following pages ....P117_Billy WILSON, P64_Reg GASNIER
Date of posting ... 21-May-2006
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