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Kieran Low
Discussion started by Margin_Walker , 03 May, 2020 12:43
Kieran Low
Margin_Walker 03 May, 2020 12:43
There's been the odd mention of Kieran Low's struggles before, but there's an interesting article in The Times Today. Doesn't paint the club at the time in a great light as far as the pain killer culture goes


Painkillers were a later but similarly damaging addition to the mix. Low’s testimony chimes with a superb Rugby World magazine investigation into the ubiquity of their availability and usage in the sport. “It’s a shocking culture that doesn’t get spoken about enough,” he says. “You come into it as a youngster, see what the older guys are doing, and it becomes the norm for you as well. Before a game, you get your painkillers, then during the week, if you need anything, there’s always a doctor, always someone who will have something to tide you over. I wasn’t properly aware at the time, but I became pretty heavily addicted to opioid painkillers and benzodiazepines: codeine and Valium.

Re: Kieran Low
Lazyboy346 03 May, 2020 17:53
Not able to read the whole thing but does sound like he had a very rough time of it. He was very promising when coming through and looked like the natural replacement to Garvey, but his form totally disappeared just after his Scotland call up. This article might explain why that is, which, if true, is fairly damning of the club at that time.

Re: Kieran Low
PV 03 May, 2020 21:22
Wasn’t he pre Garvey.

There was an article about him a few months back in the RP on similar themes. Best of luck to him.

Re: Kieran Low
tatthecraic2 04 May, 2020 14:34
Think irish could have been a bit better in realising and supporting him. As well as the supposed normality of heavy painkillers.

But sounds like hes prone to depression and self destruction also. A bad fit from both sides.

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