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Bryan Young on how he was saved by rugby after Ulster heartache left him at his lowest ebb

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Bryan Young

Bryan Young

Bryan Young in action

Bryan Young in action

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Bryan Young

Bryan Young

Bryan Young

Leaving the game wasn't meant to have felt like this, and no matter how he tried, Bryan Young couldn't break into open country.

He felt lost. He felt angry. He was occupying a gradually darkening place where he loathed rugby, and probably himself, while also keenly feeling a sense of loss at being permanently outside the safety net of the group.

He had no soft landing. He had gone straight from playing to the family farm outside Ballymena, a wholly altered environment without team meetings, group coffees and general banter.