Tales of the Unexpected

Each week on InternationalRugbyNews.co.uk we explore the stranger side of rugby union, highlighting weird and wonderful tales that have been told over the years. This week’s wacky tale highlights the obviously-disturbed fan who tackled his own tackle in a bid to back up a dubious pre-match statement.

We’ve all done some strange and sometimes regrettable things while celebrating a victory for our favourite team or our country. But it’s fair to say we would have to go some to top the efforts of Welsh rugby fan Geoffrey Huish.

Prior to Wales taking on England in the Six Nations in February, 2005, Huish boldly told friend Gethin Probert: “If Wales win, I’ll cut my own balls off.”

When Wales pulled off an 11-9 victory over the defending World Champions, Huish, being a man of his word, set about his knackers with a pair of blunt wire cutters, taking an agonising 10 minutes to de-member himself!

“It wasn’t a bet but I had said I’d cut my balls off if we won,” Huish admitted. “I listened to the game on the radio at home by myself. After the match I got up for a pee and saw the cutters in the bathroom.”

The cutters had accidentally been left behind by Probert, who had been fixing his pal’s toilet earlier in the day.

“I remembered what I’d said and thought he had left them for me,” Huish revealed. “I thought ‘Oh no, I haven’t got to do anything like that, have I?’ and then I thought ‘You can do it.’

“So I started hacking away at my tackle. It took about 10 minutes and there was quite a bit of pain but I just kept going. The cutters were blunt so I had to keep snipping.”

After completing his ‘operation’ Huish fished his testicles from the toilet bowl, placed them in a plastic bag and headed for his local Leigh Social Club in Caerphilly, Wales, to show his friends what he had done.

Huish explained: “I went in and shouted, ‘I’ve done it!’ I took my balls out and passed them in the bag to a friend. Some people then laid me on the floor.”

Huish collapsed from blood loss and was rushed to the local hospital, where he was unsurprisingly placed in a psychiatric ward. Doctors failed to re-attach Huish’s crown jewels, leaving him unable to have a family in the future.

As you would expect, Huish spent several months in a psychiatric unit attempting to explain why he celebrated victory in such an outlandish manner. Answers were not easy to come by.

“I think about what happened every day and still haven’t come up with a good reason why,” Huish admitted. “I had a lot going on and felt a bit down.

“I can’t have kids now but still want a family – maybe I’ll adopt.”

Perish the thought.

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