All Blacks first five-eighth Dan Carter has been back in plaster a week out from the Bledisloe Cup rugby test against Australia.
But it was only a case of the charity-supporting superstar offering a helping hand - or leg.
While Wallabies rival Adam Ashley Cooper lent an arm to the brain injury charity Fresh Tracks Foundation, Carter was having the leg he injured, forcing him out of last year's Rugby World Cup, cast for cancer group CanTeen.
Bodycare company Ecoya will use the casts as moulds for life- sized wax sculptures that go up for auction at ecoya.com.
'I met a couple of CanTeen kids who used to come to training. They were our number one fans, but unfortunately they're no longer with us, so I wanted to help,' Carter said.
'They're a cool bunch, always really upbeat and fun, so you take inspiration from them. It's their vibe and energy that makes me want to be a part of it.'
Ecoya's Geoff Ross said statues of athletes were a centuries-old art form. 'We've been able to recreate life-size forms of their most valuable assets on the rugby field, in the hope they'll be as valuable off it for charity.'
Ashley Cooper said he was proud to be an ambassador for Fresh Tracks.
'I have a special association with the people and families involved, so I'm hoping the auction can help.'
Anyone willing to pay an arm and a leg for an arm and a leg needs to visit ecoya.com before the auction closes on Saturday, ahead of the test match in Sydney.
- Sunday Star Times
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