Ronan OGara - Columnist - IRISH EXAMINER

RONAN O'GARA: You don’t have to lose one first. But maybe it helps.

The Racing 92 physio was in tears in the dressing room in Lyon last Saturday. That was Patrice Boutevin’s third European Cup final loss, and while it’s not nice to see adult men broken up, it’s good he cares so much.

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RONAN O'GARA: Munster can buy smart if they can’t buy big

Somebody told me once never to pass remarks on an alligator’s teeth until you’ve crossed the river bank. 

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RONAN O'GARA: Breathing space when the air is thick with negativity

When players sense a negative vibe around the place, it’s very hard to flourish, to make the right decision at the right moment, writes Ronan O’Gara

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RONAN O'GARA: Munster’s support is waiting. It’s frustrated, but it’s there...

That uncomfortable sensation Munster players are experiencing this week has little or nothing to do with a shake-up at management level, writes Ronan O’Gara

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RONAN O'GARA: Desire. A strong word. When you can back it up

Ronan O’Gara looks forward to a European Cup semi-final weekend. At the home of Nottingham Forest and Brian Clough.

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RONAN O'GARA: There are Mondays you can like

JESS dropped me to work on Monday. The morning after the day before. I’d built Sunday up to be the defining moment in my time at Racing 92. Had we lost in Paris to Toulon, I started imagining how Monday morning would feel.

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RONAN O'GARA: Switch on the anger and players can do anything

When we are angry, we’re capable of anything, writes Ronan O’Gara

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RONAN O'GARA: A club's culture will define success or failure in any sport

YOU can shift some wasters out the door. You can spend a king’s ransom on reputations. You can fill a dressing room with star turns but without the right culture at a club, you’re going to hell in a handcart. It’s the same for GAA, rugby or football, writes Ronan O’Gara

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RONAN O'GARA: Air's getting thinner up there for Connacht now at the top of the table

THIS is no time for Connacht Rugby to pull the handbrake and start admiring the views from the summit of the Pro12, writes Ronan O'Gara

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RONAN O'GARA: Ronan O'Gara: Munster is no easy fix but they've one chance now to get it right

Go back 10 to 15 years ago, and there wasn’t a team like Munster in the world, writes Ronan O’Gara

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RONAN O'GARA: Ireland remains my long-term coaching goal

Ronan O’Gara explains why he is staying in Paris for three more years

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RONAN O'GARA: It’s not always the size of the dog in the fight — not even in rugby

THE impact of last Saturday’s defeat to England would still have been painful for the Irish players come Monday, writes Ronan O’Gara

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