Australia rally behind Mansour and Dugan
This week two Kangaroos named Josh came together in a training-ground incident which is set to leave them both scarred, albeit in vastly different ways.
For Josh Mansour they will be literal ones, after the collision at St George's Park in England left him with a torn anterior cruciate ligament which will require surgery and see him miss a fair portion of the 2017 NRL Telstra Premiership season.
On the other side is Josh Dugan, the man whose role in what has been described by teammates as a "freak accident" will likely remain etched in his mind for the rest of his career.
The pair came together during a competitive small-sided game near the end of a training session, with Mansour immediately collapsing to ground in agony.
This week the entire Australian squad were balancing preparation for their crunch Four Nations match against the Kiwis with supporting both players through the tough time.
"It is a terrible thing that happened to Josh… It was the last play of the session and he went down," Kangaroos captain Cameron Smith said ahead of the trans-Tasman Test on Sunday morning (AEDT).
"All of the guys are obviously feeling pretty sombre about the injury, but Josh has been fantastic.
"We have got to remember about Josh Dugan as well, he was involved in the accident and was feeling a bit down for a couple of days there, but all of the boys and obviously the staff have been fantastic and got around the guys.
"I spoke to him (Dugan) on the field after we finished that session… It’s a hard thing to deal with at times, thinking that you are responsible."
The injury puts a bitter end to what had been a dream season for Mansour, highlighted by his inclusion in the NSW State of Origin side and being named the Dally M Winger of the Year.
The 26-year-old has remained in camp with Australia since the incident, with Smith taking time to acknowledge his positive attitude.
"Although his campaign is over, and most of next year… He has been fantastic for the boys," Smith said of Mansour.
"As disappointed as he is feeling, his attitude at the moment is great."
Meanwhile coach Mal Meninga urged his side to put the issue behind them, despite admitting the camp was 'distraught' following the news of Mansour's injury.
"We have got to get on and play some football shortly," Meninga said.
"We are still a little bit down on it all but we have got to get our minds around playing footy now."
At this stage Mansour will remain in England, with the Kangaroos and his club side, the Penrith Panthers, to work together on the best options for surgery.
"Medically he needs to stay over here anyway in regards to the swelling, he can't walk on it yet and it is still early stages," Meninga said.
"We are still managing that process at the moment… At this stage he is staying here until all of that goes away."