Tuesday January 28, 2020

After the ball

What does a rugby star do after he hangs up his boots? For the former Ireland internationals Andrew Trimble and Gordon D’Arcy, the answer wasn’t a straightforward one, writes Garry Doyle

29th September, 2019

The nostalgia hit Andrew Trimble hard, bruising his emotions, scratching his soul. It felt like an intrusion, this unexpected arrival of sporting remorse, a reminder of sunbright days and raucous evenings under the Ravenhill lights, when fans chanted his name and team-mates shared a togetherness only they could understand.

Before he knew it, the moment had lengthened into an hour or so.

His muddled thoughts centred around a promotional gig earlier that day where he’d...

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