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My palate was cracked by a 17 yr old 12 1/2 stone young man, landing on my head with his knee. Some of those female forwards are pretty big (do they give their weight in stats) and would do exactly the same.
My wife's friend used to play international hockey and suffered a broken palate and lost a mouthful of teeth when accidentally whacked by a stick.
My mates daughter broke her nose courtesy of a stray elbow while playing netball at school last year.
Conclusion: Injuries happen in most sports (particularly team games). As long as the participant understands the potential for injury in his or her chosen sport where's the problem?
No your memory doesn't fail you, he played quite well for Manly last year. If he turns up to the Dragons with the same attitude he played with at the Seas Eagles then he'll be a decent signing for them, but if his is just chasing the cash then it won't be. Only time will tell on that one but it's too early to right it off as a poor signing now.
I agree, he was Manly's most consistent forward IMO and seemed to thrive under the leadership role he was given.
Playing under Geoff Toovey probably helped him as Toovs doesn't come across as the kind of coach who would accept any slackers in his team. Whether the same kind of culture exists in Perpignan is debatable.