Prop Marcel Renata has revealed the reason why he had to have one of his fingers cut off. The New Zealander plays for the Blues, who shared a hilarious clip on social media detailing what happened to the 29-year-old.
“I’ve got nine fingers,” Renata began, to a sombre backdrop. “I was in Africa recently and decided to go out great white [shark] viewing. I put my finger out to give it a little rub and it chomped my finger. I’ve gone to pull out and it’s just taken the end out.”
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The video then takes a light-hearted turn as Renata runs through a list of other possible explanations.
“So I was just chopping up tofu and I was watching The Chase at the same time. Whack! Finger gone,” he continued. “Yeah I went on a safari and a lion was just chilling next to us and I decided to play with its fur a little bit and it whacked my finger off.
“I was trying to get in the car and I just slammed the door – finger off! “I was trying to eat a pie and drink a beer at the same time and by the time the skill saw went through it was too late to pull my finger out. Gone.
“Big 80-pound snapper, as I pulled the hook out it got my finger and snapped my finger out.”
Finally, time for the truth…
Renata finger injury explained
“I’ve had a few issues with my finger over the last few years,” Renata, who twice played against the British & Irish Lions on their 2017 Tour, said.
“Just constant dislocations and because it was dislocated for so long before I got it scanned the joint was pretty much buggered so bits of bone were missing and it was just giving me issues for the last year and a bit.
“It got to the point where I had surgery and I had little wires in it for 12 weeks to try and fix it and 12th week I got the wires out and the thing flipped back out again.
“That left me with two choices. The first one was to fuse it straight, which the surgeons wanted but I just thought it would be a little bit niggly so I decided to whack her off and I’m left with a bit of a stump.
“I couldn’t really catch a ball or pass properly so I was pretty much in there just clearing rucks, which is good, it’s my job.
“I’m pretty content with my decision, one of the easiest decisions I’ve made.
“It was a little bit tough the first few weeks getting used to it, I couldn’t throw any decent seeds or anything but the human body is amazing and after a few weeks I’m pretty much back to normal.
“I’m able to tackle properly, grab people, wrestle and most importantly scrum.
“I’ve got a good support network around me and great family and friends that have helped me through it so I’m going strong.
“RIP my finger!”
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