Ronan O'Gara - Columnist - IRISH EXAMINER

RONAN O'GARA: Kieran Marmion plugs the leaks in absence of majestic Conor Murray

This week Ronan O’Gara talks nerves and the sporting men that put them to an end.

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Ireland fan Jennifer Malone takes a selfie with Tadhg Furlong and Jared Payne at Ireland squad training at Carton House. Picture: James Crombie

RONAN O'GARA: England won’t have ‘The Fear’ tomorrow... Ireland will

The fascinating aspect of England’s long unbeaten run is the mental fortitude they can now call on at critical moments, writes Ronan O’Gara.

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Tommy O'Donnell executes an unorthodox lift forPeter O'Mahony during thecaptains' run at the PrincipalityStadium.

RONAN O'GARA: Roof closed, dry ball - We’re in for a rip-roarer in Cardiff

The roof will be closed, the ball will be relatively dry and the track will be fast, so we’re in for a rip-roarer in Cardiff, writes Ronan O’Gara.

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RONAN O'GARA: For Ireland, Wales is a more rigorous examination than England

Ronan O’Gara says the preparation Ireland is taking for what lies ahead is not to be snubbed.

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RONAN O'GARA: If…the one word that describes French rugby

ONE scintilla of over-confidence and Ireland get undone at the Aviva tomorrow. One whiff of arrogance, that’s all it would take. There shouldn’t be, and I expect there won’t be. Because if the French bring their A game, I think they will win in Dublin.

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RONAN O'GARA: What a kick in the teeth feels like

HOW coincidental my exasperation on these pages at the fading art of kicking should be followed last Saturday by the wayward clearance that may define this season’s Six Nations championship, writes Ronan O’Gara.

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RONAN O'GARA: Fickle Irish fans need reality check

Supporters have become very quick to find fault with the Irish team, writes Ronan O’Gara.

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RONAN O'GARA: You are never blasé about Six Nations

How would France do in the Six Nations championship with Joe Schmidt in charge? That was an interesting hypothetical posed to me ahead of the Six Nations championship.

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RONAN O'GARA: 30 surreal hours in Limerick

This column was shaped on the flight from Shannon to Paris last Saturday night. There were several moments over the course of a surreal 30 hours in Limerick when I wasn’t sure if I was coming or going.

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RONAN O'GARA: Treatment of Murray was atrociously dangerous

Ronan O'Gara says Conor Murray is right to be peeved. 

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RONAN O'GARA: I pictured Barcelona in my mind. That was my big mistake

It’s hard to find a weak point in Munster at the moment, says Ronan O’Gara

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RONAN O'GARA: European dead rubbers make my blood boil

I didn’t mind that there were only four or five reporters present for our pre-Munster briefing on Wednesday. I expected that, and the questions they asked. Hard as it is for anyone at home to conceive, tomorrow’s Champions Cup game in Colombes is registering between low and nothing for followers of French rugby, writes Ronan O’Gara.

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RONAN O'GARA: The big winners from a year of highs and lows

2017 kicked off for our acclaimed rugby columnist last night with Racing against Toulon. But before we let 2016 pass...

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