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'The mental side is the worst part. I had enough. Playing rugby had run its course for me' - Andrew Browne

In this series, Cian Tracey speaks to former players about retiring early and life after the bright lights go out

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Andrew Browne hung up his boots two years ago. Photo: Matt Browne/Sportsfile

Andrew Browne hung up his boots two years ago. Photo: Matt Browne/Sportsfile

Andrew Browne hung up his boots two years ago. Photo: Matt Browne/Sportsfile

As daily routines go, it was pretty grim. Every morning just after waking up, Andrew Browne would gingerly shift his lumbering frame, sit at the edge of the bed and slowly place his feet on the ground.

The pain that followed was inevitable. It was merely a question of how sore it would be on any given day.


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