IN what can only be described as a freakish coincidence, two young rugby players and best buddies from Castlederg have sustained the same broken leg bone, on the same day, and at the same time, while playing in two different rugby matches at the weekend.
Omagh Accies second row powerhouse Jamie Sproule, broke the fibula bone on his left leg while playing against Bangor in an All Ireland League 2C match at the Thomas Mellon Playing Fields, Omagh.
At approximately the same time – 30 minutes in – good pal and scrum-half Peter Smith fractured the fibula bone on his right leg while turning out for Strabane 2nd XV in an Ulster Rugby Regional West game against league leaders Enniskillen Thirds at Mullaghmeen.
Both were treated at the new hospital in Omagh and the pair of former Strabane Academy school mates will be able to compare notes as they remain in plaster cast for the next six weeks.
Despite sustaining leg breaks and suffering considerable pain in the process both have maintained their sense of humour.
“I suppose it’ll be on Remembrance Day we won’t forget in a hurry,” joked Peter.
And having shared the experience the young rugby players say they will remain ‘fibula’ous friends!
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