Dan Tuohy caused quite a stir back in February when he announced his enforced retirement with a brutally honest statement, which offered a withering assessment of what he believed to be the ugly side of rugby.
In doing so, former Ulster star Tuohy shone a light on areas of the game, which most players choose to ignore. Four months on, Tuohy stands by his claim that rugby is "rotten from the core."
The 11-times capped Ireland lock saw it all throughout his 13-year career, and while he acknowledges that it is easier to be outspoken now that he has hung up his boots, Tuohy is eager to use his platform to ensure that people realise that the life of a professional rugby player is not always that glamorous.
Tuohy is walking proof of the sacrifices many make, as he is still hindered by the nerve-damage in his wrist, caused by a horrific injury late last year, which ended his career.
Thankfully, he has regained some control in his wrist, but his fingers are not working fully, meaning his hand is only operating at 80%.
As much as he enjoyed his career, it wasn't worth that kind of damage. Tuohy hopes to recover in time, yet he has concerns given that he is about to start a new chapter of his life with his wife Keely, and the couple's two kids, Jaxon and Isabelle.
Since releasing the statement, the 34-year-old has received plenty of positive feedback from fellow professionals, many of whom admitted that they didn't have it within them to speak out.
It all comes back to one of the most frustrating aspects of Tuohy's time as a player - essentially being muzzled by PR people for fear of actually being honest about a sensitive topic.
"You have done a million different interviews with a million different players," Tuohy begins.
"They all say the same stuff, just regurgitated and spun around to sound a bit different.
"Having played with Ulster and in England, coming over to France, you can just say what you want to say. There is no sponsor, or person within the branch, or media person, who I have to keep happy.
"When I wrote the statement, I didn't have to worry about a backlash or p***ing someone off. I felt like it was a weight off my shoulders.
"I think it is a problem. It's such a competitive environment in Ireland. Contracts and playing squads are getting squeezed constantly."
Tuohy was plagued by injuries throughout the latter part of his career, so much so that he counts himself lucky to have made it to 34 before the decision was taken out of his hands.
He recalls shattering his ankle during an Ulster game in 2015, which almost finished him, and although he worked tirelessly to recover, he never got the send-off he craved.
Instead, Tuohy's final action of a seven-year stay in Belfast was playing football behind Ravenhill when one of their games was called off.
"There used to be bitterness towards Ulster, it took me years to get over that," he admits.
"I always felt like I was battling against something there - and that I didn't get the recognition, or that I wasn't spoken about or remembered.
"After a number of injuries, it broke me to the point where I didn't feel that I resembled the player I once was. You have to mentally and physically build yourself back up again. It leaves a lot of mental scars.
"The day you retire, and a lot of people will reaffirm this, you become a nobody. People don't realise what that's like."
Tuohy's ill-feeling towards Ulster stemmed from the club's contract dealings with him over the years.
All the while he was in the Ireland squad, it was plain sailing, but as soon as he was outside the international frame, it was a different story, as he explains: "When I started to get involvement with the Irish team, Ulster started approaching me even earlier about signing a new contract. That had never happened before. That ended up happening two or three times, it felt great. I felt an enormous amount of security, but towards the end of my time with Ulster, they weren't ringing me early.
"My last contract was a three-year deal. I left after 18 months. They hadn't rang me. They hadn't been in contact with my agent. It really became a rocky ride."
Tuohy accepts that he could have done more at various stages of his career. Looking back on it now, he believes he made mistakes.
"I know I didn't go 100 per cent at rugby and that will rankle with me," he says. "If I had my time over again, I would give myself a slap and say, 'You need to spend more time in front of the computer. You need to look after yourself more, in terms of food and drinking and going out with the boys'".
When he looks at the goings-on closer to home, particularly in the English Championship, the Bristol native has major concerns about the direction rugby is heading. "Rugby is a murky world for a lot of players, people need to know what they are getting into," Tuohy adds. "The pay is danger money, to a certain extent. You get paid to entertain, but I think you get paid because of the dangerous nature of the sport."