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I want to play rugby again says Trevor, despite the ban

FANS' favourite Trevor Brennan said he hopes to play some form of rugby again, despite his lifetime ban from the sport.

The ex Leinster and Ireland player has opened up to RTE cameras in a candid documentary about his new life in Toulouse and the ups and downs of his career.

Kildare-born Trevor captained AIB League side St Mary's, played for Leinster and has 13 Irish caps to his name.

His career came to a sudden halt when he punched a spectator at a match against Ulster in 2007 and was banned for life.

The ex-Toulouse lock, who writes on rugby matters for the Herald, admitted that he regretted climbing into the stands after a fan provoked him.


Trevor (40) said that a group of fans insulted his mother and poured beer on him as he warmed up on the sidelines at a Heineken Cup match in Toulouse's Stade Ernest Wallon.

"I then climbed the wall and had an altercation with this person," Brennan said at the time. "I regret this incident. But I didn't initiate it.

"That is the last thing I wished to do. ... I love rugby, I love Toulouse and the supporters, but I love my family and my mother more than all that."

Trevor was charged with misconduct and an independent disciplinary committee ruled that the player should be banned from participation in any capacity in tournaments organised by ERC. And in This Sporting Life, Trevor reveals his desire to get back on the pitch.

"Despite having ended his career with a ban he has aspirations to play again some day in some form," a RTE source said.


"We also see how much he has been embraced by the people of Toulouse who will never forget the great joy he gave them on the pitch as a player."

Trevor now lives in Toulouse with his wife Paula and three sons where he runs De Danu Irish bar as well as Trevor Brennan Rugby Tours.

The series follows six of Ireland's most eminent sportsmen and women including golfer Christy O'Connor Jr, athlete Catherina McKiernan, footballer Tony Cascarino, jockey Paul Carberry and Gaelic footballer Dessie Farrell.

This Sporting Life, will feature discussions about the sports stars' successes and failures.

"The series looks at their greatest achievements in sport but also chronicles the all too human stories behind some of the sporting headlines," a representative for RTE explained.

The programme airs on July 22 at 7pm on RTE 1.