Clubb reveals injury damage
Tony Clubb has revealed he had a metal plate inserted behind his two front teeth in order to play for Wigan against Leeds.
Forward Clubb was a doubt for the Rhinos game after damaging two front teeth in the loss to St Helens the week before but has had a metal plate fitted in his mouth - ahead of two new teeth eventually - so he could feature against Leeds.
Clubb told the club's website: "I remember seeing Jonny Lomax in front of me and the next minute I was in the changing room. I fractured one of my front teeth and snapped the other.
"To play on Friday, I had to have a metal plate put behind my teeth and I’ll have my new teeth made on Monday. It’s part and parcel of rugby league and one of those things; we clashed heads – he split his head and I split my teeth. It was an accident and luckily, we’re both alright and getting on with it."
The Warriors take on the Sydney Roosters on Sunday in the World Club Challenge and this week will be focused solely on the build-up to that game.
"We’ve got an exciting week coming up," added Clubb. "The most important thing is that everyone is fit and healthy which is good. It’s a chance to do what we did in 2017. It’s a special feeling, especially to do it at the DW.
"There’re not many times you get to lift a trophy in front of your home fans. I think a lot of people are righting us off and it was like that when we played Cronulla. We’re fired up and rearing to go!"
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