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15 photos that highlight just how tough rugby players were in 2015

The amount of Irish players in this gallery directly relates to how the team’s World Cup ended.

ANOTHER CALENDAR YEAR of rugby has almost come to a close and we are taking this opportunity to remember the players who put their bodies in harms way for their team. Unfortunately, Irish players were struck down more than most but these photos really showcase just how tough professional players are in this sport.

Noel Reid tries to play on after an encounter with Freddy and/or Jason

Noel Reid with a blood injury Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

Johnny Sexton realises his World Cup is probably over

Jonathan Sexton down injured Source: Billy Stickland/INPHO

Scott Baldwin is distraught after leaving the field for Wales

Scott Baldwin leaves the field injured Source: James Crombie/INPHO

Paul O’Connell tries to stand after tearing his hamstring off the bone

Paul O'Connell down injured Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

Aaron Dundon gets medical attention after taking a high tackle

Aaron Dundon down injured after a high tackle with Garreth Farrell Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

Chris Henry catches a glimpse of himself as Rambo on the big screen

Chris Henry with Dr Eanna Falvey Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

The weird thing is that this is probably a relatively healthy knee

A general view of a knee injury Source: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

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Wonder how Shane Delahunt got this blood injury?

Shane Delahunt with a blood injury Source: James Crombie/INPHO

Zebre’s Dion Berryman gets some ice

Dion Berryman receives treatment Source: Simon King/INPHO

Jamie Cudmore picks up yet another concussion

Jamie Cudmore leaves the field injured Source: James Crombie/INPHO

Fergus McFadden after breaking his thumb in the Champions Cup semi-final against Toulon

Fergus McFadden injured Source: James Crombie/INPHO

Even a leg injury couldn’t take Robbie Henshaw out of the Six Nations clash with England

Robbie Henshaw down injured Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

Clermont’s Fritz Lee decides against a stretcher

Fritz Lee leaves the field injured Source: James Crombie/INPHO

They love a bloody prop down in Munster – ask Stephen Archer

Stephen Archer with a blood injury Source: James Crombie/INPHO

Even schoolboys play through the pain sometimes

Brian Larkin with a blood injury Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

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