FORMER Irish rugby star Trevor Brennan has described his lifetime ban from the sport as "really harsh".
Brennan, who has 13 caps for Ireland, was banned by rugby authorities after he hit an Ulster rugby fan repeatedly at a 2007 match between his team, Toulouse, and Ulster.
He told the Herald that the ban handed down to him was severe, and he spoke about how it forced him to think of his family's future
"Of course I have regrets about what happened that day, I reacted without thinking of the consequences, but the ERC were really harsh to hand me down a lifetime ban," he said.
"Luke Fitzgerald nearly got his eye gouged out by Shalk Burger last year for the Lions and he only got eight weeks.
"In Bath three or four players were caught taking drugs and you had the controversy with Leicester last year and bloodgate against Leinster and attempts at match fixing.
"Is drug-taking and match-fixing worse than jumping over a wall and giving a guy two or three digs, I don't think so," he said.
"I believe I had two or three good years left and they took away my livelihood. I've three children and thankfully I had the bar in Toulouse to fall back on," Brennan added.
The former player began life as a tour operator this week in Paris, after being forced to find a livelihood off the pitch following his ban.
Brennan will be joined in Paris by 90 screaming Irish fans, as Ireland look to take the second step on the way to retaining their Grand Slam title.
He told the Herald what he has in store for the fans on their trip which will be the first trip for his new company Trevor Brennan Tours.
"I'm flying back to Ireland to meet a group of 90 fans that we are bringing to the match in Paris," he said.
"Hopefully we'll be celebrating a win, we've booked a great holiday in the centre of Paris, I stayed there both times Toulouse reached the Heineken Cup Final and it's fantastic.
"We're not going to have everyone going around in yellow jumpers and hats, we are going to recommend activities for everyone and they are free to come and go as they please," he added.
"On match day, we'll book a restaurant and anyone from the group that want to join us is free to. I can guarantee that anyone that does choose to join us will enjoy themselves."