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'The massive pain just wouldn't go away. It was mental torture': Stephen Ferris reflects on all-too-short rugby career

 

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No regrets: Stephen Ferris says he wouldn’t change a thing despite having his career cut short by injury

No regrets: Stephen Ferris says he wouldn’t change a thing despite having his career cut short by injury

�INPHO/Dan Sheridan

No regrets: Stephen Ferris says he wouldn’t change a thing despite having his career cut short by injury

A dark, hollow feeling hung over Stephen Ferris as he sat in the all-too-familiar surrounds of the doctor's waiting room.

Just a few weeks earlier, he had been in the same place having been handed a lifeline for his career that was veering towards the edge of a cliff.

No sooner had Ferris been offered the glimmer of hope than it was cruelly snatched away again, as he began to face up to a reality that he had tried to ignore up to that point.