Farr-Jones jnr hurt playing rugby

Nick Farr-Jones’ talented 13-year-old son is recovering from a lacerated kidney suffered playing representative rugby in Sydney.

Farr-Jones had hoped to take Josh to watch the touring British and Irish Lions play NSW Country in Newcastle on Tuesday night, but had to return home to Sydney instead to take care of his son.

“I wanted to take Josh to a few of the games because he’ll be 25 (by the time the Lions next return to Australia in 12 years),” Australia’s 1991 World Cup-winning captain said at a sportsman’s lunch in Newcastle.

“Who knows where he’ll be then. That puts it into perspective and is one of the reasons these Lions series are so special.

“People don’t realise how rare it is until you talk about it. Here is my 13-year-old boy who could be married with a child or two when they next come back.”

Unlike his legendary halfback of a father, Josh Farr-Jones plays fullback or inside centre and was hurt during a carnival over the long weekend.

“He lacerated his kidney,” Farr-Jones said.

“He loves rugby. He was playing rep rugby, the state championships for Gordon. He just got a bad knee. It wasn’t intentional.”

Farr-Jones featured in the Wallabies team that lost the 1989 series 2-1 and isn’t ruling out his promising son taking on the Lions when they next return to Australia.

“Who knows, he could well be,” he said. “I mean, he’s a very good player.

“One thing you need … you can have all sorts of talent but to bubble to the surface, you’ve got to not die wondering how good you can be.

“You can call it competitiveness and what have you, but Josh has got it in spades in sport.

“He loves sport, he’s got a great soft spirit, but he’s a very competitive guy.” AAP

Former Wallabies captain Nick Farr-Jones speaks to the media during a 2013 British & Irish Lions Tour press conference before the tour.

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