Ronan O'Gara - Columnist - IRISH EXAMINER

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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RONAN O'GARA: Out of Europe before Christmas but sadness is relative

It’s very difficult to have any in-depth discussion on rugby when the thought of what’s important in life always overrides it, writes Ronan O’Gara

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RONAN O'GARA: The times a Munster win does bad things to me

Desire. Intensity. Great players, great teams change the order, they go out and make things happen. They don’t wait for others to do it for them, writes Ronan O’Gara

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RONAN O'GARA: I've too much invested in Racing to consider moving

I HAD a good sense of what was coming down the tracks for Connacht. Pat Lam’s honest explanation for leaving the province was something he had already articulated to the squad in advance of the announcement. I was down in Bordeaux all week continuing my coaching badges and had plenty of time to be putting myself in Lam’s shoes, writes Ronan O’Gara

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RONAN O'GARA: Edinburgh come next February will be a real sticky affair

France won’t win next year’s Six Nations championship for the very reason Joe Schmidt’s Ireland just might: discipline, writes Ronan O’Gara.

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RONAN O'GARA: But — the word that must be banned in Irish dressing room

The French for goal is ‘but’. I’m not a fan of the English equivalent of the spelling.

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