Friday October 23, 2020

The silence of the stands

Fans across the globe are feeling the loss of sport due to Covid-19. But it’s obviously far tougher for the athletes, who know all too well that sometimes careers don’t end in glory: sometimes they don’t even end in competition

Barry J Whyte

Chief Feature Writer

31st May, 2020

A few months ago, Fergus McFadden made up his mind to quit rugby.

It was a rational decision. He’s still young, he’ll be 34 next month, but he believes in a simple maxim: better to quit a year too early than a year too late.

Having made his peace with the decision, he was relishing this season. If it was to be his last, it was shaping up to be a good...

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