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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

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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