Ulster ace Jared Payne: my fears over fractured kidney injury
Ulster and Ireland rugby star Jared Payne has spoken for the first time about his fears over the serious kidney injury that ruled him out for three months.
In an exclusive interview in today's Belfast Telegraph, Payne tells how he spent five nights in a Dublin hospital after suffering a fractured kidney in Ireland's Autumn Series win over Australia last November.
The first indication came when he passed blood in his urine at half time.
New Zealander Payne, who misses Ulster's Pro12 game against Munster in Limerick today with an ankle injury, says: "I was told I was going to be in hospital, to just go and get a scan and be back by the end of the game; five days later I got out.
"The most serious thing was when I left hospital I got the Norovirus (winter vomiting) bug, I got home and I was spewing up and that's a sign that your kidney is a bit screwed so I was panicking about that.
"It's one of the symptoms that your kidney has shut down, so it was worrying. That's when I was most scared."