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Dan Leo.

Former Heineken Cup winner suffers nasty eye injury

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Former Samoa captain and Heineken Cup winner Dan Leo had to leave an amateur match due to a terrible injury.

It was during a non-league match between his Bishop’s Stortford and Old Albanians the incident occurred, when he charged into the opponent's fly-half.

Shortly after Leo was escorted off the pitch and to hospital, he posted a picture of the injury in the team’s WhatsApp chat.

And, soon after onto Twitter, with the joking caption: “It seems that God has blessed me with another mouth.”

Bishop Stortford's director of rugby Andy Long witnessed the scene from the sidelines and didn’t think much of it at first.

“I saw him go down on one knee after running into their fly-half.

“I thought he had hurt his shoulder, then the physio told me he had cut his head had to leave the pitch.

“Then when I was told he was on his way to hospital, that’s when I realised it was serious.”

Although the cut looks serious, Leo won’t sense the full effect of the injury as he normally would on the sidelines.

Warning: If you are squeamish, look away now!

He has already flown to Australia to be with his family, and on his return in three weeks time should be ready to play again.

Bishop’s Stortford ended up losing 36-17 without Leo, as he was in hospital on the receiving end of a needle and some stitches, all 14 of them.

Later, Tom Bednall playing for Old Albanians, replied to Leo’s Twitter post in a similarly joking fashion, offering his condolences before telling us he didn’t come out clean of the match either.

Leo replied to Bednall with words of wisdom, as the 35-year-old admitted it’s never too late to learn.

The veteran forward won the Heineken Cup with Wasps in 2007 and was keen to keep playing, so he joined the club this season after moving to the area to be closer to his wife’s family.

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