Felix Jones' Talking About His Broken Neck In '09 Seems Very Poignant Now

Felix Jones' Talking About His Broken Neck In '09 Seems Very Poignant Now

TV3's recent documentary "Rugby's wheelchair challenge" did a fantastic job of highlighting the difficulties that wheelchair users encountered everyday. The documentary came about because Stephen Cluskey, founder of, contacted Felix Jones. Jones is on the board of spinal injuries Ireland, joining after a serious neck injury that he suffered back in 2009. Jones made a remarkable recovery from a broken neck - when doctors said that he would never play rugby again.

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Now that Jones has been forced to retire because of a neck injury - his comments on that documentary that aired at the start of this month are chilling and poignant:

I was playing against Connacht on Stephen's day in 2009. I had the ball and I was trying to get away from a guy, you know. And as I turned, there was another defender there. And I just thought "get down".

I heard a massive crunch in my neck and thought "Jesus, that's definitely not good".

I was obviously tremendously lucky in that my cord wasn't damaged.

Jones was out of the game until the following September, and his career suffered several serious injuries since then before eventually making his international debut. He was part of the 2015 Six Nations winning squad for Ireland before narrrowly missing out on selection for the World Cup.

You can watch the full documentary on TV3 player.

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