Saracens Number Eight Ernst Joubert looks without a care in the world in a photo that circulated on Twitter this week.
The big South African seems blissfully unaware of the state his nose is in, pointing in several directions as only a rugby forward’s honker can.
The 32-year-old’s schnoz is hardly an oil painting at the best of times, but that has got to hurt. Perhaps he was so delighted by his side’s 27-16 European Cup quarter-final win over Ulster that any pain was rendered redundant?
Joubert is known as one of the oval ball’s hard-men, but nothing compares to the rock-solid lunatics who play the 13-man Rugby League code.
While Joubert was grinning his way through a badly broken nose, Wakefield full-back Richard Mathers was sent in for emergency surgery after suffering a ruptured testicle during a match against Leeds at the weekend.
The Wildcats star, 29, didn’t even realise he was hurt after taking the initial blow, only realising he was in a spot of bother in the showers the next day.
"I got a knee flush on my right testicle in the first carry of the game,” he told the BBC.
"I got a foot injury later in the game and it wasn't until I got in the shower on Monday morning that I noticed there was a lot of swelling.
“My main concern was my foot but as soon as I asked (the club doctor) to examine my testicle he told me priorities had changed.”
Luckily for Mathers, doctors were able to save his testicle – his former Warrington team-mate Paul Wood was not so fortunate when he suffered a similar injury last year.
Bizarrely burly prop Wood’s love-life took a major twist soon after the mishap – he left his wife for porn actress Holly Henderson before breaking up with her just days after they moved in together.
For the stronger-stomached among you, we have added a few more typical rugby shockers, a couple of which have ended careers.
CLASSIC RUGBY INJURIES
The cauliflower ear
Caused by the friction between ear and shoulder in scrums and rucks, the permanently-swollen ear looks remarkably similar to every boy’s least favourite vegetable.
Popular among Mixed Martial Arts fighters as well as rugby players, the cauliflower ear has been popularised by former England star Graham Rowntree.
What a kind-looking chap, so pensive!
The gouged eye
This look was particularly popular in the 1990s but has gone out of fashion in recent years following some draconian sentences.
Its main exponents are The French, for whom it is seen as a casual, weekend style that every aspiring Southern rugby fan should try at least once.
Scarlets forward Gavin Quinnell had his career ended by such a poke, as did this poor amateur, former Gravesend Number Eight Clarence Harding, whose case went as far as the Crown Prosecution Service, who decided there was not enough evidence to implicate any one individual.
Stephen Ferris of Ireland and Ulster somehow escaped serious injury though, after Stade Francais’ David Attoub unleashed this horrific gouge (bottom left).
What makes it even more shocking is that Ferris had already been gouged in the same match, by a different Stade player. Attoub was banned for almost a year and a half for that stray digit, and the number of gouging incidents has miraculously dropped since.
The broken neck
No laughing matter, whatever the context, and usually the result of an awkward landing or collapsed scrum as opposed to any malicious intent.
Former Scotland international Thom Evans – brother of current star Max – suffered a broken neck in an 2010 Six Nations match against Wales on February 13.
He had collided with Lee Byrne – who has himself been the victim of some eye gouges – and was immediately taken in for surgery. He made a full recovery but was advised to retire from the sport, taking up sprinting and then acting.
The broken leg
Common in most contact sports, the leg is particularly prone to serious injury, particularly when put under pressure by 20 stone of pure muscle.
Morgan Stoddart of Wales suffered a nasty one in a pre-World Cup warm-up match with England in 2011. The Scarlets back was tackled by Delon Armitage, who accidentally landed on his lower leg, breaking it above the ankle.
Stoddart looks the picture of serenity as he receives treatment to the horrific injury, but he missed the World Cup and was forced to quit playing six games into his comeback.
They say any more than a handful of knockouts and you should probably retire from whatever sport you are using to punish sins in a previous life. Boxers and rugby players are advised to walk away after a few big hits as there can be serious risk of brain or neck damage in the future.
This rugby league star – Wigan and England utility-man Sam Tomkins – was knocked clean out by opponent Gareth Raynor while running through to score a try against Bradford in 2011.
Miraculously, Tomkins held on to the ball as he collapsed to the deck, while Raynor was swiftly sent off for the high tackle.
Tomkins made a full recovery, going on to be one of the Super League’s top players – he scored twice last weekend.