during the 2016 NRL Grand Final match between the Cronulla Sharks and the Melbourne Storm at ANZ Stadium on October 2, 2016 in Sydney, Australia.

One of the country’s top sports medicos expects Jack Bird to be sidelined for up to two months after he played on with excruciating pain in the NRL grand final with severely ruptured elbow ligaments.

Nathan Gibbs, the long-serving former Sydney Swans doctor who also worked with Bird in the NSW Origin team this year, was hardly surprised Bird refused to come from the field during Cronulla’s victory.

Scans on Tuesday confirmed the Sharks centre had severely ruptured ligaments.

Gibbs said the elbow was only meant to hyper-extended no further than five degrees, but Bird’s right elbow appeared to hyper-extend as much as a staggering 40 degrees.

The injury all but cost Bird his first Kangaroos jumper — but earned him the ultimate respect from teammates and fans.


  1. What a machine, to me that rivals Sam Burgess, Webke and the other modern day gladiator like performances in a GF.

    • Miltontoaster

      True champion performance to play on through the pain and lack of strength and mobility in his right arm. Real guts and commitment! The contest was balanced on a knife edge at the time and had he been unable to continue it probably would have proved the difference.

      I’ll admit I winced and found it hard to watch when shown in slow motion in close up. Sharkies hero for life I would say.

  2. only the toughest play on in pain and jack has proved time and time again hes one of the toughest s.o.b.;;s in the game he played since origin with busted shoulders on top of this what a gladiator ….good game jack ..believe that

    • Lovng the positivity believethis! Such a joyous occasion that we agree on something – Jack truly is an exceptional player and will be for years to come. He is a St George junior after all…

  3. If anyone on here has played footy at a representative level the rule is ” if you can walk you can play”. Jack bird is tough for a 21 year old and was simply following the two rules of footy.

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