Sport occasionally offers a very pointed reminder of the importance of trying to enjoy every minute on the basis that the privilege can be removed in an instant.
Last September Ben Carson suffered a punctured spleen two minutes into an A interprovincial against Connacht. He should have been building towards a second year at Ireland Under-20 level but instead was left wondering, after being bedridden for a few weeks, if he would ever play rugby again.
On Sunday he should be part of the Ireland Under-20 team – it is announced today – chasing a Grand Slam against Scotland at what will be a sold-out Musgrave Park on Sunday (5.0). His rehabi …