Ben Carson doesn’t know if he’ll ever play rugby again, let alone feature in this year’s Ireland U-20 squad. Now, he is only 80 minutes away from becoming a Grand Slam champion.
In September, he ruptured his spleen during the first two minutes of the Ulster ‘A’ game, putting his career on hold.
The serious injury is similar to that of Connacht and Irishman Jack Carty, who ruptured his spleen in a water slide accident in 2016.
Like Carty, Carson (in it) has fought back – and while he was ruled out of action for four months, he has timed his return well because after missing out on the U team The original -20s Six Nations, the door opened.
“It was quite a trauma, I was bedridden for several weeks,” recalls Carson.
“And it was a pretty tough time for me, because I didn’t know if I would ever be able to play the game to a high standard again.
“It took two or three months until I could run and lift properly and exercise normally again after that injury. So it’s been a long journey trying to get back into the Ireland team, but obviously with perseverance from myself – I didn’t give up and knew I could hope to get there.
“And, yes, thankfully, I’m here playing for Ireland.”
Receiving news of such a serious injury caused Carson to fall, but he showed the unwavering courage to come back.
“Ach, of course I was nervous, like everyone plays the game because they love it – and having to say you might not be able to play the game you love again has been pretty heartbreaking for a while. I really didn’t think about it too much then, I think I’ll be back better than ever, hopefully.
“So yeah, I’m grateful to be back.”
Carson’s central partnership with his Ulster and Banbridge teammates Jude Postlethwaite will be crucial to Ireland’s hopes of beating Scotland and winning the Grand Slam at sold-out Musgrave Park on Sunday.
“Oh, that’s unbelievable,” he added. “We haven’t thought of it too far yet, we have a game on our hands and we are focused on beating Scotland.
“I think it will be very special that we all hope to win that Grand Slam but I don’t want to get excited too soon
“We have a game on our hands and we need to focus on that.”
https://www.independent.ie/sport/rugby/u20s-six-nations/it-was-heart-wrenching-to-be-told-i-might-never-play-again-ireland-u20-star-ben-carson-41460061.html ‘It breaks my heart to be told I may never play again’ – Ireland U20 star Ben Carson