Jamie Dornan says he could have been a rugby star but for one thing

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Hollywood heartthrob Jamie Dornan reckons he could have played rugby for Ireland - if it wasn't for foot and mouth. The 50 Shades of Grey star was a talented player in his youth and once sat on the bench for pro side Ulster.

Dornan, from Northern Ireland, said he could have made it to the very top - but was thwarted by the viral disease. Foot and mouth spread across the British countryside in 2001, with more than six million cows and sheep killed in a bid to tackle it.

Dornan, 41, said: "It was a strange year. I only played one good year of rugby in my life - I wasn't even that good at school.

"I left school and I had one good year of club rugby in Belfast. I was fly-half most of the way through school then out on the wing.

"(I) played (my) best rugby on the wing. Got this Ulster under-21 trial. Didn't even go that well. Then I got called up and sat on the bench.

"It was a weird season because there were only five or six fixtures - it was foot and mouth. The whole season - I think we only played two games. I think if foot and mouth hadn't come out (I) could have been playing for Ireland - (I) could have gone the whole distance!"

Dornan told the story on a September episode of The Good, The Bad and The Rugby podcast.

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