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Is this rugby league player with a collapsed lung ridiculously tough or ridiculously reckless?

He might be both.

CANBERRA RAIDERS HALFBACK Sam Williams has been lauded by his teammates for his bravery during the match against Gold Coast, with one revealing they had no idea that he played on with a collapsed lung.


Williams will miss Sunday’s NRL match against St George Illawarra, having been ordered to rest.

The 24-year-old spent two nights in hospital after being hit in the ribs during Saturday’s clash, which the Raiders won 56-16.

“I was right next to him and I didn’t notice it a bit,” Raiders back-row forward Sia Soliola said.

“I knew he was down for a bit at one stage early on in the match, but he showed no signs from what I saw.”

Williams, who even scored a try in the 76th minute, complained to the doctor only after the match, according to Soliola.

“It’s tough as it is for a half to actually organise us big fellas around, and to know that he was carrying that throughout the match, it’s definitely given us new respect for Sam,” said Soliola.

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“He’s one tough bugger.

“It takes some courage to put yourself and your health aside for the greater good of the team,” he added. “For me, that’s everything.”

Williams will resume training next week and although a timeframe for his return to match action has not been set, he is not expected to be out long term.

 - © AFP 2015

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