London - Jonathan Joseph says he played in
England's Rugby World Cup games against Australia and Uruguay with only one
third of his chest muscle attached to the bone.
Joseph's pectoral muscle was torn during
the World Cup opener against Fiji and the centre was subsequently ruled out of
the next fixture against Wales.
He appeared to heal quickly however and
started against Australia before stepping off the bench for Uruguay.
But when Joseph's injury was scanned on his
return to his English Premiership club Bath, the full extent of the damage was
"I felt something in my pec and wasn't
too happy about it as I'd done the other pec before and it felt a little bit
similar," Joseph said.
"When I got back to Bath, they had a
little play with it. I had felt something in there during the Uruguay week but
wasn't too concerned.
"Bath had it scanned and in fact I
only had about a third of the muscle still attached.
"Although I could feel it against
Australia and Uruguay, it wasn't too bad. I was aware of it, it was strapped
but I managed to tackle all right.
"It was a World Cup and I was going to
do everything I could to play. Obviously, I wasn't aware that there was only
one third attached."
Joseph's return from surgery against
Northampton last weekend was a full month ahead of schedule and he makes his
second club appearance of the season in Sunday's European Champions Cup clash