Rehab to Rio: John Porch’s remarkable comeback

If John Porch hears his name next Thursday when Australian Sevens coach Andy Friend announces his squad for the Rio Olympics, he’ll have more reason to celebrate than most. Three years ago, the 22-year old was told he’d probably never play rugby again. “Towards the end of the 2013 season, I was playing colts for Norths against Randwick. It was just a normal game and I got tackled from behind and my ankle got trapped between the defender and the ground and I suffered a compound fracture to my ankle,” Porch told Rugby News. “I don’t like to compare, but I’ve been told my injury was probably a little bit worse than the one Katoni (Ale) had playing for Manly.” Porch spent the next 10 months in rehab, working with former Wallabies physio Greg Craig and incredibly, less than a year after being told he may never play again, he returned to the playing field. The outside back starred for Northern Suburbs and the North Harbour Rays in 2014 and 2015 and made his Australian S
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