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He had dreamt of playing rugby for England ever since he had picked up a rugby ball at school. But as the two sets of forwards engaged for a scrum on the training field, the scrum collapsed and Matt, who played tight-head prop, took the full force of two opposing sides. In that moment his life changed forever. Paul Kimmage went to visit Matt as he recuperated, and wrote a piece for the Sunday Times which won him his third successive SJA sports interviewer of the year award. They struck up a friendship and here, Paul tells Matt's whole story, in all its intimate detail.

From the build-up to the dreadful day, to Matt's recuperation, to his struggle to adjust to normal life again, to his family and friends, to other tragic incidents on the rugby field, to the response of the RFU, this is a story of terrible sadness yet unadorned triumph and joy, of anger yet of reconciliation and peace. Your Cart items Cart total. Buy from another retailer.

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It made me very uncomfortable. Hampson takes his mantra from his favourite film, The Shawshank Redemption: But you have to be realistic, too, and live life as well as you can without looking too far into the future. He tried to find a way through it by talking to others caught up in a similar tragedy. Hampson recalls a night in hospital when he longed to give his father some reassurance, but they sat in a fog of incommunicable pain.

No one talks to you about what you can do with your life, to inspire you to create a niche for yourself. Mentally, I am still a sportsman.

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I wanted to improve my situation. Hampson drew strength from family, friends and team-mates, especially from the Leicester Tigers, his local club. He is still our player. It would be pretty selfish and self-centred of me to be down and miserable. Operating an electronic pad with his lips, Hampson steers his wheelchair through his converted barn. Apart from a hoist in his bedroom, there is nothing to suggest it is the home of a disabled man. Matt has sourced every fitting and Phil has exorcised his feeling of futility by giving his son a space where he can live as independently as possible.

It is a striking monument to hope — and to acceptance. Hambo operates the lift to his study, with its limitless view of rolling fields and frothing hedgerows.

He mostly looks happy. I wanted the lift in stainless steel, not medical white. I wanted my van [a sleek black bespoke Mercedes] to look good, not like a wheelchair-friendly wagon.

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  • The one exception is my [ventilator] pipe. A lot of people try to disguise it under their clothes. It is part of me and my body. It gives you great morals, great grounding. I miss the camaraderie. I miss the physicality of rugby, the training, the intensity. I miss that winning feeling.

    Matt Hampson: 'I will be a better person for this’

    But I do generally feel that my life now far outweighs my life before. As a professional sportsperson, you are a very selfish individual. I am not as selfish as I used to be. To order, call or go to books.

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