Darts No1 Gerwyn Price planning rugby return because he misses ‘old life’

Darts star Gerwyn Price has revealed he wants to get back out on the rugby field after admitting he misses his “old life”

The Welshman played the sport at professional level across both codes before hanging up his boots and taking up darts a decade ago. Since turning professional, The Iceman has enjoyed phenomenal success, winning several major titles, including the 2021 World Championship.

Price is the world number one and went into the current World Championship as one of the favourites to pick up the Sid Waddell Trophy on January 3.

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However, the 38-year-old has enjoyed a tough 2022 by his high standards. He broke his hand in the early part of the year while his form dipped. Price also spoke of his fears over burnout and has regularly criticised the Premier League’s busier new format, which sees players in action up to three times per night.

In an intriguing interview with Sky Sports ahead of his fourth round clash against Jose de Sousa at Ally Pally, Price revealed 2022 has made him, reassess his life, including his business interest, and he intends to make changes.

Asked how he relaxes away from darts, he said: “I don’t much. When the darts are down and I find a little bit of time off, I’m doing other things.

“Next year I’m going to park the property business and focus as much as I can on the darts, and take some time out as well because my girls are 16 and 12, it’s [time] just gone like that. I need to spend more time with them and do a lot more family things.”

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Price also revealed how much he misses his rugby days and is planning to get his boots back on at some point in 2023.

“I’m constantly thinking about my old life, when I used to play rugby, when I used to be in a bit better shape than I am now. I didn’t have to suck it [his stomach] as much back in the day,” he joked.

“I miss it, I miss my old life and want a bit of it back. I spoke to my wife about it a couple of months ago. If it’s one weekend I have off, I’m going to put my boots back on, drag myself back in shape and get myself back on the field because I need to do something that I really enjoy again, which I really miss.”

Price overcame De Sousa 4-1 to set up a quarter-final clash against Gabriels Clemens or Alan Soutar.

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