Former Wallaby winger tried to commit suicide

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Former Wallaby winger Ben Tune has told of his suicide attempt from a drug overdose in 2009 that ultimately turned his life around and helped him overcome chronic depression.

Tune, a member of the 1999 Wallabies team that won the Rugby World Cup, came forward last week after the recent suicide deaths of three National Rugby League-contracted players.

The Sunday Mail in Brisbane said when Tune, who retired in 2007, heard of the death of young North Queensland Cowboys hooker Alex Elisala last month, he contacted the newspaper wanting to tell his story.

Tune, 36, wrote that "four years ago, almost to the day, I sat alone in my apartment and decided to end my life. It was a decision that ultimately made me a better man."

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