Ronan OGara - Columnist - IRISH EXAMINER

RONAN O'GARA: French tradition, Irish bottle and the new green wave

The thing with Ireland is they have to get angry, writes Ronan O’Gara

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RONAN O'GARA: Can Ireland now show we’re no longer the world’s best at one-offs?

Anyone else catch the new Paddy Jackson strut on the tv news bulletins from South Africa? asks Ronan O’Gara

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RONAN O'GARA: Connacht has changed Irish rugby forever

How much of a favour has Connacht done Irish rugby? It’s an interesting topic. Indeed, they may have done the country some service.

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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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