We’d like to deliver a hearty “get well” message to out professional rugby player Gareth Thomas, who broke his left arm during the Crusaders’ 38-10 defeat by Hull KR on 10 July, the player confirmed on Twitter. The veteran centre, who recently signed a new contract for 2012, will be sidelined for two months but has not given up hope of coming back in time for the Crusaders’ last match of the Engage Super League season at Wigan on September 9.
“With a bit of PMA (positive mental attitude), I can maybe catch the last game of the season season,” Thomas tweeted. “Always best to have a target.”
This news is ironic because of the 30 June news that movie actor Mickey Rourke, inked to play Gareth Thomas in an upcoming feature film, tore the biceps muscle of his right arm while researching the role. He tore the arm while arm-wrestling with a bunch of rugby players on a boozy night out.
The Wrestler star has signed up to tell the true story of Britain’s first openly gay rugby player in an as-yet-untitled film and went on a night out with members of the Huddersfield Giants rugby team in the name of research. However, after an arm wrestling competition got out of hand, Rourke was left with an injured muscle and a bruised ego.
Speaking on British TV show David Haye Vs he says, “I was out with the Huddersfield (team) and we were arm wrestling. I had walked into (the bar) that night and thought, ‘Oh f**k, I hope those guys don’t get rowdy,’ because there was just me and four of them. And they were really nice and we started arm wrestling, and I did okay for a while, until this big f**king lump came in, and we were alright (arm wrestling) for a couple of minutes but then finally my right bicep tore right down. But I didn't feel it and just kept drinking, drinking shots. (My arm) will never be right again.”
Below left is Gareth Thomas before his injury. Below right is Mickey Rourke after his.