during the round 18 NRL match between the Penrith Panthers and the Cronulla Sharks at Pepper Stadium on July 10, 2016 in Sydney, Australia.

Sharks back-rower Kurt Capewell is set to wear a protective guard around his groin after suffering a ruptured testicle during the final round of the home-and-away season.

The 25-year old had surgery to fix the fragile injury and has been named on the bench for Friday night’s semi final clash against the Panthers at Allianz Stadium.

“For all the men out there we all know what [a knock] feels like [to that area],” Capewell told The Sydney Morning Herald.

“It was much the same and I felt I could run it off. It didn’t go by the end of the game and by the time I got home it was three or four times the size it usually is.

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“I went to have an ultrasound that night, but they weren’t too sure what to do. They could see there was something wrong, but they didn’t know if it was a rupture or not. By the time they got in there the next day they found it was ruptured, so I’m glad they went ahead with the procedure.

“I asked the doctor to fix [the rupture] and leave the swelling!

“I’m feeling pretty good. I was fully in training [on Tuesday] and I’ll have until captain’s run to be 100 per cent. I’ll wear the appropriate protection. It’s a serious matter and we don’t want it to be re-injured.”

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