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Merrick Watts and Sabrina Frederick discuss long-term effects of the gruelling SAS selection course

The brutal aftermath of being on SAS Australia: Merrick Watts and Sabrina Frederick reveal the ongoing health issues they have experie

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The brutal aftermath of being on SAS Australia: Merrick Watts and Sabrina Frederick reveal the ongoing health issues they have experienced after appearing on the show


Merrick Watts and Sabrina Frederick successfully passed the gruelling selection course during the first season of SAS Australia. 

But it has come at a price for the pair. 

The pair have revealed the ongoing health issues they have experienced weeks, even months after filming.  

The brutal aftermath of being on SAS Australia: Merrick Watts and Sabrina Frederick revealed the physical effects of the gruelling selection course in their new podcast SAS Australia Debrief. Pictured is Sabrina, Merrick with Nick Cummins and James Magnussen

The brutal aftermath of being on SAS Australia: Merrick Watts and Sabrina Frederick revealed the physical effects of the gruelling selection course in their new podcast SAS Australia Debrief. Pictured is Sabrina, Merrick with Nick Cummins and James Magnussen

Speaking on the SAS Australia Debrief podcast, breakfast radio host Merrick, 47, said his hands ‘stopped working after about day six or day seven’ of the course. 

‘Your hands just don’t have any strength in them anymore, they’re cut and bloodied and you’re constantly patching yourself up,’ he explained.

AFWL star Sabrina, 24, said she didn’t expect to have no feeling in her toes ‘the whole time I was in there and for six weeks after the fact’.

The comedian noted that a similar ailment experienced by the recruits who made it further into the stages of the course was shredding skin on their hands.

‘Our hands, for I reckon was probably a month after, my fingers – the tips – were all peeling skin was shredding off still, and I had absolutely no sensation for at least two weeks in my finger tips, couldn’t feel a single thing.

Ouch: Former breakfast radio host Merrick, 47, shared that his hands 'stopped working after about day six or day seven' of the course. 'They're cut and bloodied and you're constantly patching yourself up,' he said

Ouch: Former breakfast radio host Merrick, 47, shared that his hands ‘stopped working after about day six or day seven’ of the course. ‘They’re cut and bloodied and you’re constantly patching yourself up,’ he said

Uncomfortable feeling: Sabrina said she had the same thing and revealed that at one point she thought she 'caught' tinea and added that her feet felt 'freezing' and 'wet and damp, and little bit gross'

Uncomfortable feeling: Sabrina said she had the same thing and revealed that at one point she thought she ‘caught’ tinea and added that her feet felt ‘freezing’ and ‘wet and damp, and little bit gross’

Sabrina also revealed that at one point she thought she ‘caught’ tinea. 

‘It’s amazing how your body deteriorates in weird ways that you just don’t expect,’ Merrick added. 

Aside from experiencing physical effects long after the show filmed, weight loss was also common among the celebrity contestants. 

Dramatic change: Merrick revealed to 7News the food deprivation they experienced was 'brutal'. 'I started the show at 82.5kg and by the end of it I was 76kg – so I lost about six kilograms by the end,' he said

Dramatic change: Merrick revealed to 7News the food deprivation they experienced was ‘brutal’. ‘I started the show at 82.5kg and by the end of it I was 76kg – so I lost about six kilograms by the end,’ he said

Merrick revealed to 7News the food deprivation they experienced was ‘brutal’.

‘I started the show at 82.5kg and by the end of it I was 76kg – so I lost about six kilograms by the end,’ he said.

‘What’s interesting is I burnt off all my fat in the first six or seven days, then it just started eating away at all my muscle, that’s why we all looked so gaunt and thin by the end of the show,’ he added.

Passing the selection course along with Merrick and Sabrina was former Rugby Union star and former Bachelor Nick Cummins.  

Success: Passing the selection course along with Merrick and Sabrina (top row left) was former Rugby Union star and former Bachelor Nick Cummins (right). Pictured are the recruits with Directing Staff

Success: Passing the selection course along with Merrick and Sabrina (top row left) was former Rugby Union star and former Bachelor Nick Cummins (right). Pictured are the recruits with Directing Staff

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