Tom English: The black dog doesn’t discriminate

This article was written by Melbourne Rebels and former Sydney Uni player Tom English on his website Open My Brain, and has been re-published here with his permission. The original can be viewed here. By Tom English I remember the time quite clearly, how could I forget? It was the year 2015; we were halfway through the season. Things on the field weren’t exactly great. No matter how hard I applied myself to training and playing, I couldn’t catch a break. I wasn’t turning out terrible performances, but wasn’t exactly setting the world alight either. I was mediocre. Coming off two strong seasons and a Wallabies tour, my expectations for myself were much higher than what I was producing on the field. I was frustrated. Off the field my partner had recently moved down to Melbourne. Moving interstate into an unknown environment, workplace and social circle was a daunting experience for her, accompanied by anxiety and homesickness. These feelings would often become the topic of
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