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Ben Ross reveals emotional journey following horrific arm wrestling injury and paralysis scare

Former Queensland State of Origin star Ben Ross is no stranger to injury.

In 2009, the NRL premiership winner broke his neck playing for Cronulla and was sidelined until the next season.

While in hospital, a tap on the shoulder from a teammate made him lose all feeling in his legs.

He faced a nerve-wracking wait to find out whether he would be able to walk again.

Ross told Full Time’s Clinton Maynard he asked his wife Renai Sola, who he’d married just the year before, to end his life if he was diagnosed with quadriplegia.

“I said to her right then, if I end up a complete quad then just put a pillow on my face” Ross said.

However the 39-year-old revealed to Macquarie Sports Radio the broken arm he sustained while arm-wrestling Wendell Sailor on Nine’s NRL Footy Show in 2015 has more of a lasting impact.

Watch the moment it happened here: 

In an emotional interview he talks about how he’s still affected by the break and why he moved to the Penrith Panthers for a lot less money.

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Ben Ross’ graphic X-rays of the horror arm break he received while arm-wrestling on live TV, obtained Saturday, June 13, 2015. The retired front-rower posted a composite image on his Instagram account. It includes an X-ray of a badly fractured upper arm bone, another of a metal plate with several screws, and a long, bloodied bandage. (AAP Image/ Ben Ross)


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