Ask Lenny Woodard about a match he played in 20 years ago and he will be able to furnish you with every detail and describe every try he scored.
But ask him to recall something which happened last week or the name of the person sitting opposite him and he will struggle.
Aged just 46, the former Wales rugby international was diagnosed with early onset dementia just a matter of weeks ago.
As well as causing short-term memory loss, the condition has also left him frustrated and prone to bouts of uncharacteristic rage.
He has even begun to wonder whether it was linked to his attempt to take his own life some five years ago, when he was suffering from depression.
Woodard is convinced his dementia is due to the concussions and numerous head knocks he sustained during a remarkable playing career when he lined up for some 30 different clubs.
The former Pontypool, Ebbw Vale and Pontypridd winger is now part of a group of players taking legal action against the game’s governing bodies.
He received his diagnosis three weeks ago, having gone for a scan after becoming concerned over symptoms he was suffering from.
“I was struggling with short-term memory loss,” he tells WalesOnline.
“If you ask me about a rugby match from 15 or 20 years ago, I can probably remember the score and whether I scored a try in it.
“I can remember junior school matches, all my comprehensive school matches, my club games. I can still probably regurgitate what the scores were now.
“I remember playing in the final of the Gwent Schools Cup at Rodney Parade. The score was 20-8 and I scored three tries.
“I scored seven tries for Pontypool against Treorchy in 2003 and I can remember every one of them.
“I can reel off things like that, no problem.
“But if you ask me about anything in the last few years, I am struggling.
“In work, I have been having to write down customers’ names in front of me, so I could refer to that during the appointment.
“I used to have an excellent memory. Academically, I was a straight A student at school and college. I was assessed multiple times on being able to retain, digest and repeat information, which is what exams were about.
“But would I get the same grades now? Probably not because I struggle to remember what happened last week.
“Sometimes I will be having a conversation and will lose track of where I am in it midway through.
“That’s how it has manifested itself.
“So I had the scan in March and then ended up doing a Zoom call with the consultant neurologist three weeks ago.
“He basically said there were abnormalities that shouldn’t be on my brain.
“It correlates with the damage experienced by other rugby players and American footballers.
“It’s essentially early onset dementia. That’s the best way to describe it. The damage to the brain and the symptoms I am displaying are all pointing in that direction.”
Since his diagnosis, the Southampton-based Woodard has found himself encountering further symptoms.
“The other week, I came up to Wales. I knew where I wanted to be, but I couldn’t remember how to get there,” he said.
“It was a road I had been so familiar with when I was living in that area.
“But I couldn’t join the dots between where I was and where I wanted to be.
“It’s simple things, like you go to a shop and forget what you have gone there to get or you will walk into the kitchen to get something and have a mind blank.
“There have been times where I have left the oven on and the smoke alarm is going off.
“I have completely forget about switching it on and I don’t ever remember doing that in my younger years.
“I even have to think twice about how old I am at times.
“You get frustrated with yourself and I find myself losing my temper.
“I have never raised my voice, but I have started to get angry now and again, with road rage and things like that.
“That’s completely out of character for me.
“That’s not me at all. I am usually cool, calm and collected. It’s a scary thought.
“It’s impacting my quality of life.
“I shouldn’t be feeling like this now and what’s even more tragic is it’s come from a game that I absolutely adored and loved.
“It’s concerning and I am still in the early stages.
“It’s one of those things you associate with old age, not someone who is 46.
“It’s starting to affect me now, but my big concern is how it’s going to affect me in the future.
“Will I have to go into a home? Will I be able to remember things, will I be able to remember that I actually played rugby?”
Woodard has also begun to think about whether a previous chapter in his life was linked to his condition.
“I had bouts of depression five or six years ago and had medication,” he said.
“I wonder is that related? I don’t know.
“But it seems to be consistent with American football, where players have taken their own lives.
“Unfortunately, I got to that stage myself in 2015, where I was suffering with depression and attempted to take my own life.
“Is that related to it? I just don’t know?”
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Looking further back, Woodard is able to point to a succession of head injuries he sustained during his playing days, starting at a young age.
“I suffered my first concussion playing rugby at 11 years of age and was taken to hospital,” he recalls.
“Then, the week after I did my GCSEs, I played in a Sevens tournament.
“I got concussed and I was in hospital for four or five days.
“I was hospitalised three times in all.
“I remember playing for Pontypridd in the Heineken Cup over in Pau in 2000.
“I got concussed in the first half when I carried into one of their forwards.
“My vision was blurred as a result and I wasn’t able to see out of my left eye at all. But I stayed on for the rest of the game.
“They didn’t have anyone to cover for me on the bench and they said ‘are you are alright to stay on?’, so I did.
“You know what it’s like with the bravado and not wanting to let the team down.
“I remember being sick after the game against the marquee tent.
“I wore a head-guard because I knew I was susceptible to concussions. Contrary to popular belief, I didn’t do it to stand out!
“Later on in my career, I got knocked out playing for Newbridge and broke my nose.
“But I continued playing the last 10 minutes of the game. I came round and carried on playing. I didn’t want to come off.
“You would get what I call ‘buzzed’ quite often, where you see stars and stuff like that. So is that classed as concussion?”
Woodard, who hails from the Cwmbran area, reached his peak as a player in the years either side of the millennium, earning selection for the 1998 Wales tour of Zimbabwe and South Africa, appearing in the non-cap games against the Emerging Springboks and Gauteng Falcons.
A powerful runner and a prolific try scorer in both codes of the game, he won five caps for Wales in Rugby League, and kept on playing into his 40s.
But his sporting life took its toll on him in terms of injuries and that has sparked his legal action.
He is part of a second group of players suing World Rugby, the RFU in England and the WRU over what they claim is a failure to protect them from the risks caused by concussions.
“It’s a long drawn-out process, but the intention is to bring about changes to make the game safer,” he said.
“I have spoken to other former players who are experiencing the same thing as me, the same symptoms.
“There are going to be hundreds if not thousands of lower level players who will have had concussion injuries.
“They estimate there are two concussions in every single game. That’s a frightening statistic.”
So, does Woodard, who now works in telecom sales, feel anger towards rugby?
“I love the game and it gave me a huge amount,” he said.
“But if there was information that could have changed things, which was kept from us, I would not be happy.
“That would make me angry.
“We have only had HIAs in the last 10 years. That should certainly have been in place when the game went professional.
“There is an obligation for change, not just with the governing bodies, but also player responsibility and coaches and medical staff responsibility.
“I am just hoping that me talking about my situation will help raise awareness.”