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Title: ... p117 - Billy Wilson comments on his amazing courage and tenacity.

"It's not bad," Wilson said, adding casually, "but I broke my arm when I went back on and that's hurting a bit

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From Tony Adams great Rugby League Book - The Hitmen.

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1953

21/04/2006

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

The following season (1953) Wilson gave team mates an insight into his amazing courage and tenacity. In a semi-final against North Sydney, Wilson suffered a badly gashed eyebrow that saw him dash from the field covered in blood.

With no replacements permitted for injured players, Wilson was back several minutes later, the would held together by a series of stitiches. Swathed in bandages, Wilson lasted the match, and helped Saints to a hard-fought 15 -14 win.

Back in the dressing room, Saints official Frank Facer congratulated Wilson on his performance and asked him how the eye was feeling.

"It's not bad," Wilson said, adding casually, "but I broke my arm when I went back on and that's hurting a bit"

Despite that injury, Wilson was back playing at the commencement of the following season. It soon became clear that he had not given the arm time to mend completely.

At halftime of one game Facer asked him how he was bearing up.

"I'm going okay.... but I've broken my arm again" Wilson replied.

However, needless to say, Wilson trooped back out for the second half moments later.

Wilson broke his arm for the third time in a famous club match against Balmain in 1956, but again stayed the distance, setting up the winning try with his bad arm strapped to his side.


Appears in the following pages ....P117_Billy WILSON
Date of posting ... 21-May-2004
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