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How former Ulster player Michael Allen adjusted to life beyond rugby after getting abrupt boot at Edinburgh

 

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Two-time Schools' Cup winner Michael Allen made 48 senior appearances for Ulster before moving to Edinburgh.

Two-time Schools' Cup winner Michael Allen made 48 senior appearances for Ulster before moving to Edinburgh.

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Michael spent two seasons with Edinburgh after leaving his home province.

Michael spent two seasons with Edinburgh after leaving his home province.

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Allen left Ulster after seeing his path blocked by the likes of Tommy Bowe, Andrew Trimble and Craig Gilroy.

Allen left Ulster after seeing his path blocked by the likes of Tommy Bowe, Andrew Trimble and Craig Gilroy.

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Michael in action for Edinburgh against Munster.

Michael in action for Edinburgh against Munster.

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Two-time Schools' Cup winner Michael Allen made 48 senior appearances for Ulster before moving to Edinburgh.

Like everyone else, Michael Allen has been dealing with the new normal and customising his response to it accordingly.

The Edinburgh-based financial planner and former Ulster utility back has been working from home, but with his wife Eireann on the NHS front line - she is an anaesthetist currently working in intensive care - he has also had to find a way of entertaining their three-year-old daughter Chloe.

The real burden, though, has been on his wife, who has been through some "very dark times", as he describes it.