Better late than never for Vikings star
Picture the scene...
You are just 20 minutes into your return flight, en route to sunny Widnes from your native Australia, when there is an announcement detailing how; "something has gone wrong on starboard engine number three" on the Emirates A380 aircraft you are currently aboard.
It's enough to make even the most mentally tough person a bit weak at the knees and it certainly had that effect on Vikings' scrum-half Rhys Hanbury, who was one of the 380 people on board caught up in the commotion.
Prior to the announcement, Rhys spoke of how he and his fellow passengers witnessed a loud bang followed by a flash, saying; "To be honest, it was all a bit of a shock to the system and like something you see in the movies and never expect to happen to you, in real life.
"At first, we presumed it was nothing more than a passing thunder cloud until the realisation that it was something far more sinister kicked in, and we saw a series of sparks coming from one of the engines!
"The staff were all pretty calm though which was reassuring and as soon as they managed to shut down the damaged motor, it continued to fly as normal because the other three engines were unaffected.
"It took us around two and a half hours to get there because we were still carrying so much fuel, but eventually we landed back in one piece at Sydney Airport."
Fortunately, this story has a happy ending and the flight was successfully brought to ground without incident, much to the relief off Hanbury admits he was desperate to return to the Stobart Stadium and show off his ‘Mo' to the rest of the Vikings MoSquad, adding;
"Movember is a great cause and like the rest of the boys, I'm happy to do my bit to help out.
"My attempt at a ‘Mo' is only a fortnight old at the moment and there's plenty of growing left in it. By the end of the month, I'm hoping it will be a real beauty!"