A biography of Jonny Wilkinson in Wikipedia reveals a fairly startling "fact" about the man. In amongst the list of trivia about him such as:
- He has the American basketball player Michael Jordan's autograph, addressed to Jonny with a 'h'; and
- His favourite film is The Matrix; and
- Jonny has stated that if he were to have a superpower, he would want X-ray vision;
is the statement that
- Due to a fishing accident in Jonny's youth, he now only has one testicle.
What? Can this be true? If it is then you have to ask how unlucky can this guy be? I guess, if he had to deal with that as a boy, it could put into perspective how mentally tough he's proved to be in battling back from the litany of injuries he's suffered since 2003. And how big a hook must he have been using for it to cause that kind of damage? Just thinking about it brings on a mental wince and an involuntary crossing of legs.
Shame really. Not because I'd wish that on anyone but because it could only add to the myth and the legend of Superjonny.