SAS Australia’s resident doctor reveals the show’s WORST injury – and says the male recruits lost more than 25kg during filming

  • WARNING: This article contains graphic photos of injuries 
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It has been described as one of the most gruelling shows on Australian TV.

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And now, SAS Australia‘s chief medical advisor Dr Sam Hay has explained how the military-style selection course has taken a toll on its star recruits.

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Speaking to New Idea, Dr Hay explained that the punishment the celebrities put their bodies through resulted in significant weight loss.

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Gruelling: SAS Australia 's chief medical advisor Dr Sam Hay (centre) has explained how the military-style selection course has taken a toll on its star recruits. Pictured with DS Mark Billingham (left) and Ollie Ollerton (right)

Gruelling: SAS Australia ‘s chief medical advisor Dr Sam Hay (centre) has explained how the military-style selection course has taken a toll on its star recruits. Pictured with DS Mark Billingham (left) and Ollie Ollerton (right)

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Celebrity trainer Shannan Ponton dropped 5kg, while radio presenter Merrick Watts lost close to 6.5kg.

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Nick ‘The Honey Badger’ Cummins and swimmer James Magnussen are believed to have shed even more weight than that.

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As the program’s resident doctor, Dr Hay was tasked with treating injuries on site.

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Shocking: Celebrity trainer Shannan Ponton dropped 5kg (pictured before weight loss), while radio presenter Merrick Watts lost close to 6.5kg

Lean: Shannan is pictured after his weight loss

Shocking: Celebrity trainer Shannan Ponton dropped 5kg (pictured before and after weight loss), while radio presenter Merrick Watts lost close to 6.5kg

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‘The gash to Nick’s leg was pretty damn impressive,’ Dr Hay said.

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‘It was down to the bone, and he was millimeters away from a catastrophic injury. But a dozen stitches and daily dressings ensured he kept soldiering on.’

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Nick had cut his leg while lugging 250 kilos of artillery equipment up a hill during a challenge with Erin McNaught.

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Grim reality: As the program's resident doctor, Dr Hay was tasked with treating injuries on site, including the deep gash on Nick Cummins' leg (pictured)

Grim reality: As the program’s resident doctor, Dr Hay was tasked with treating injuries on site, including the deep gash on Nick Cummins’ leg (pictured)

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Show must go on: 'It was down to the bone, and he was millimeters away from a catastrophic injury. But a dozen stitches and daily dressings ensured he kept soldiering on,' said Dr Hay

Show must go on: ‘It was down to the bone, and he was millimeters away from a catastrophic injury. But a dozen stitches and daily dressings ensured he kept soldiering on,’ said Dr Hay

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Nick was then required to see Dr Hay, who inspected the gaping wound on his leg to assess whether he could continue with the show.

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‘Yowzas, mate! This is a bad gash. You have gone straight down onto the bone, down onto muscle,’ the doctor told him.

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‘We’re going to need a dozen stitches,’ he added, before warning the former Bachelor that it was ‘probably going to sting’.

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Holding a torch over his wound as the doctor worked, Nick sat up and watched as his leg was stitched back together, before resuming the selection course.

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Punishing: Nick sat up and watched as his leg was stitched back together, before resuming the selection course

Punishing: Nick sat up and watched as his leg was stitched back together, before resuming the selection course

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